Paderborn 2 -3 Bayern Munich: Gnabry, Coutinho and Lewandowski score in thriller

Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga on Saturday after Philippe Coutinho helped Niko Kovac's side to a 3-2 win over Paderborn.

Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal from open play to help Bayern Munich clinch a 3-2 win at Paderborn as they knocked RB Leipzig off the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern took advantage of Leipzig's 3-1 home defeat to Schalke on Saturday to leapfrog their rivals and go a point clear at the top. 

Serge Gnabry opened the scoring for Bayern with an angled finish at the back post before Coutinho tapped home from close range just after half-time.

Goals from Kai Proger and Jamilu Collins gave Paderborn hope, but Robert Lewandowski's strike that sandwiched those efforts ultimately proved decisive.

Bayern had won 6-0 on their last two visits to Paderborn – in the Germany Cup in February 2018 and in the Bundesliga in February 2015.

Their dominance from kick-off suggested another thrashing was in the offing but Paderborn produced a spirited effort.

Poland striker Lewandowski missed a sitter early on when he got on the end of Gnabry's low cross but guided the ball wide when faced with an open goal.

Gnabry's finishing was decidedly more clinical shortly afterwards, though, as he gave Bayern a 1-0 lead.

Brazil playmaker Coutinho's superb ball over the top picked out Gnabry and the winger caressed a low shot into the net from a tight angle.

The same pair combined early in the second half to strengthen Bayern's grip on the game, with Gnabry's low cross turned into the empty net by Coutinho.

It was the on-loan Barcelona man's second goal for Bayern, having scored from the penalty spot in a 4-0 win over Cologne last weekend.

Paderborn refused to throw in the towel and Proger gave the home fans hope when he chipped the ball in the air and struck an angled volley past Manuel Neuer.

Lewandowski made amends for his earlier miss with a dinked finish over Jannik Huth after he sprung the Paderborn defence.

Collins had the visitors sweating for the final six minutes when he scored with a spectacular long-range effort before Coutinho blazed a glorious chance over.

 Bayern warm up for Spurs

Victory for Nico Kovac's side sent them top and despite Paderborn's second-half efforts it was not too taxing a game ahead of their European commitments next week. Even though they only won by one goal Bayern went through the gears when required against the Bundesliga new boys.

The trip to Tottenham will present a much sterner test for Kovac's side but they have much more in the tank than they showed here.

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