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Coutinho scores 1st goal for Bayern in 4-0 rout of Cologne

AP , Saturday 21 Sep 2019
Philippe Coutinho
Bayern's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal by penalty during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Cologne (AP)
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Philippe Coutinho scored his first Bundesliga goal and Robert Lewandowski kept his scoring run going in Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over 10-man Cologne on Saturday.

Lewandowski grabbed the first two goals in the third and 48th minutes to take his league-leading tally to nine in five games.

The visitors played the last half-hour with 10 men after Kingsley Ehizibue was sent off for bringing down Coutinho just as the Brazilian was about to score in the 59th.

Coutinho dusted himself off to score cheekily from the penalty spot, but had to do it again as too many players had encroached in the area while he was taking it.

He didn't delay at the second asking and scored for the first time since joining on loan from Barcelona.

Coutinho then set up Ivan Perisic in the 73rd as Bayern moved top, one point ahead of Leipzig, which was to visit Werder Bremen for the late game.

Hertha Berlin defeated fellow struggler Paderborn 2-1 for its first win of the season, Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from its Champions League disappointment with a 2-0 win over Union Berlin, and Augsburg salvaged a 1-1 draw at Freiburg.

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