The international break gave us some entertaining games, but most fans can’t wait to get back to watching club football. Two games away with England didn’t slow down Harry Kane one bit.
Kane once again found the back of the net, scoring the only goal to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win away to Cologne on Friday. The Bavarians have retaken top spot in the Bundesliga table.
The England captain netted from close range in the 20th minute, after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s shot was cleared off the line but not away from danger.
Friday’s strike was Kane’s 18th goal in just 12 league games. He’s the first Englishman to score 18 goals in a Bundesliga season.
This win puts Bayern one point up on Bayer Leverkusen, who have a game in hand to be played on Saturday. If Leverkusen, the only other undefeated team in the Bundesliga, triumphs over Werder Bremen, they retake top spot.
Bayern’s game against Cologne was their first meeting since a 2-1 Bayern victory in May, where Jamal Musiala’s last-minute goal secured the title over Borussia Dortmund on a wildly dramatic final day.
Since then, Bayern signed Kane in a club record 100 million deal and look more than capable of winning their 12th straight Bundesliga title thanks to the 22 goals he’s bagged in a Bayern shirt. It isn’t even December yet.
Kane was instrumental in several key plays against Cologne on Firday. Bayern nearly took the lead when his pass found Leroy Sane, but the ex-Manchester City forward was unable to beat Cologne goalkeeper, Marvin Schwabe. But Bayern didn’t have to wait long to take the lead.
Sane passed to Choupo-Moting, whose shot was cleared off the line by Julian Chabot, allowing Kane to tap in the rebound.
Kane also became the first player in league history to score 18 goals within the first 12 games. He’s only made 17 appearances across all competitions for Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Choupo-Moting, Sane, and Kingsley Coman missed opportunities to extend Bayern’s lead. Coman hit the crossbar in the second half, and Cologne posed little threat offensively as Bayern secured the win.
Cologne’s Davie Selke had a rare chance but was unable to beat Manuel Neuer with a header at the back post.
Canadian star Alphonso Davies started on the bench and didn’t see any action on Friday. Tuchel didn’t make a single substitution. Fresh off Tuesday’s CONCACAF Nations League heartbreak against Jamaica on Tuesday, Davies watched Noussair Mazraoui hold down his left-back position for 90 minutes.
Davies could be back in action on Wednesday when Bayern host FC Copenhagen on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stage.