Cologne 0-4 Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski scores hat-trick as Bundesliga leaders cruise home

Cologne 0-4 Bayern Munich: Superb Robert Lewandowski scores hat-trick with VAR help as Bundesliga leaders cruise past home side with Corentin Tolisso also on scoresheet

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski got a hat-trick to make it 300 Bundesliga career goals as he steered them to a 4-0 win at Cologne on Saturday that restored a six-point lead at the top.

Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski rifled in from a Thomas Mueller assist in the ninth minute to set a league record as Bayern have now scored in 66 consecutive Bundesliga matches.

With Dortmund having beaten Freiburg 5-1 on Friday to provisionally move within three points of the leaders, Bayern were eager to make sure of victory quickly.

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick to see Bayern Munich run out 4-0 winners at Cologne

The Polish superstar (right) scored the first after nine minutes but had to wait on a VAR review

The Polish superstar (right) scored the first after nine minutes but had to wait on a VAR review

Lewandowski was found to be onside, allowing him to score his 21st league goal of the season

Lewandowski was found to be onside, allowing him to score his 21st league goal of the season

Bayern continued to dominate the first half and Corentin Tolisso (left) doubled their lead

Bayern continued to dominate the first half and Corentin Tolisso (left) doubled their lead

In the second half, Lewandowski ran in behind Cologne's defence to score his second goal

In the second half, Lewandowski ran in behind Cologne’s defence to score his second goal

Lewandowski's hat-trick was sealed on 74 minutes with the striker slotting the ball home

Lewandowski’s hat-trick was sealed on 74 minutes with the striker slotting the ball home

MATCH FACTS

Cologne 4-1-3-2: Schwabe; Schmitz (Ehizibue 80), Kilian, Hubers, Hector; Ozcan; Kainz, Duda (Ljubicic 57), Schaub (Thielmann 57); Uth (Schindler 73), Modeste (Andersson 73)

Subs not used: Urbig, Horn, Lemperle, Ostrak

Bookings: Kilian 

Bayern Munich 4-2-3-1: Neuer; Kimmich, Pavard, Sule, Sabitzer (Richards 75); Roca (Wanner 83), Tolisso (Nianzou 75); Gnabry, Muller (Tillman 83), Musiala (Sane 60); Lewandowski

Subs not used: Upamecano, Ulreich, Copado 

Goals: Lewandowski 9, 62, 74; Tolisso 25

They scored again when Corentin Tolisso beautifully combined with Mueller to thunder a shot into the top corner in the 25th.

The hosts, who were on a three-game winning run, tried to get back into the game and put the ball in the net through Mark Uth after the half-hour mark but it was ruled offside.

Lewandowski killed off the game just past the hour, chipping the ball past Cologne keeper Marvin Schwaebe to make it 3-0.

The 33-year-old Pole bagged his 23rd goal of the campaign, and his 300th in the Bundesliga having also played for Borussia Dortmund, when he slotted home from close range after good work by Leroy Sane 12 minutes later.

Lewandowski is second on the league’s all-time scorers list with only Bayern great Gerd Mueller ahead of him with 365 goals.

The Bavarians, chasing a record-extending 10th consecutive league title, have 46 points from 19 games with Dortmund in second place on 40.

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