Champions Bayern started the rotation machine before the match in Mainz. Among other things, captain Manuel Neuer was only on the bench, Thomas Müller stayed in Munich with a cold.
The guests slept through the initial phase completely, in contrast to the cheeky and brave Rheinhessen. After just 120 seconds, the record champions almost rang the bell – Jonathan Burkhardt hit only the crossbar from close range, then the post (2nd).
After just over a quarter of an hour, FSV finally rewarded itself for the dominant performance. A faint tee shot by Neuer representative Sven Ulreich landed directly on Dominik Kohr’s head. This immediately transported the ball back to the edge of Munich’s penalty area. Burkhardt used the pass directly with the first contact and even tunneled the Bayern goalkeeper (18th).
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Mainz remained on the accelerator and acted very poisonously against a tired-looking industrial leader. The 05ers then took advantage of this drowsiness in one of their many dangerous set pieces. A sharp pass from Aarón Martin landed on the head of Anton Stach, who then had the ball extended towards the six-meter field. It was Moussa Niakhaté who had no trouble pushing the ball over the line from close range to 2-0 (27 ‘).
In the 33rd minute, the individual quality of the record champions finally flashed. Out of nowhere, the visitors came together to Rheinhessen’s penalty area. Finally, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting wisely passed on to Robert Lewandowski. With his patented turn shot, the Pole defeated Robin Zentner in the hosts ‘field (33’).
At the restart, Julian Nagelsmann responded to his team’s completely undefeated performance with two substitutions, bringing Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala into play. The short cut-off race ended abruptly in the 57th minute when Leandro Barreiro Martins was able to increase the FSV lead to 3: 1. This was preceded by a simple one-two from Karim Onisiwo and Silvan Widmer, who toppled the entire back line of the guests. A well placed corner kick from Barreiro Martins was followed by Benjamin Pavard’s hard but accurate header.
Bayern were now finally broken, even lucky that Onisiwo only hit the crossbar again in the 71st minute. Thanks to a brave performance, the 05s were able to celebrate a more than deserved home win after the final whistle.
The voices for the game:
Julian Nagelsmann (coach of FC Bayern Munich): “I have an explanation, but I do not give it to you, I say it internally. We have had too many defeats in the same way this season. After the 10th title in a row, it’s a bit human. If it seems like that when we have to do some service and the passion is not really there anymore, there is a point where we have to change something. That is where we are right now. ”
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It was noticeable: Furious Mainzers show dull Bavarians how to do it
Even before the kick-off, the suspicion that Bayern might not be playing with the greatest intensity was confirmed. Captain Manuel Neuer even got one of his rare breaks and watched only the match from the bench. But what Nagelsmann-Elf showed over 90 minutes defied almost any description. Mainz, who themselves are stuck in tenth place in the neutral zone of the table, played refreshing and brave attacking football. Three hits, three more, 22: 7 shots on goal, 52% won duels, plus six more kilometers run than Bayern. In a match without much sporting relevance, Rheinhessen showed off their very best side and gave especially the neutral spectators an extremely entertaining afternoon.
Robert Lewandowski scored again in the away defeat in Mainz and scored his 18th goal away. It is a new record in a Bundesliga season.
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