Bayern Munich 5-2 Mainz: Hansi Flick’s side survive first half scare from Bundesliga strugglers to begin the new year by regaining top spot with emphatic comeback victory
- Jonathan Burkhardt stunned champions when he put Mainz ahead in first half
- Just before the break, Mainz were in dreamland after Alexander Hack’s header
- Bayern halved the deficit early in second half through Joshua Kimmich’s head
- Leroy Sane had Bayern level 10 minutes into second half with long-range effort
- Niklas Sule but Bayern ahead before Robert Lewandowski extended their lead
- The Polish striker then had Bayern’s fifth on 82 minutes with close-range finish
Bayern Munich began the new year with an emphatic comeback victory to go back to the top of the Bundesliga in a 5-2 defeat of strugglers Mainz.
After dropping down following RB Leipzig’s 1-0 victory over Stuttgart on Saturday, they were stunned as Mainz, who had only one win before today, raced into a 2-0 half time lead.
But second half goals from Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane, Nicolas Sule and a Robert Lewandowski double ensured it was a happy return to action after the break to stretch their unbeaten run in Germany’s top flight to 12 games.
Bayern Munich regained top spot in the Bundesliga with a 5-2 comeback victory over Mainz
Jonathan Burkhardt celebrates after putting the Bundesliga strugglers ahead at the Allianz
Robert Lewandowski scored his first and second goals of 2021 to make sure of the heavy win
Second-bottom Mainz were playing their first game since parting company with Jan-Moritz Licht before the break, with interim boss and former Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert taking over.
And they started the game a real threat, with the pace of Jonathan Bukhardt testing the Bayern defence, in one instance forcing Manuel Neuer to make a decent save with his feet.
They were starkly reminded of the dangers of being too open moments later though, as Leroy Sane’s effort had to be blocked off the line first by Jeremiah St Juste and then by debutant goalkeeper Finn Dahmen.
Former Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert took charge of his first Mainz game as interim manager
Burkhardt had threatened with his pace and got his reward with a powerful lashed finish
Bayern (4-2-3-1): Neuer, Pavard (Goretzka, 46′), Boateng (Sule, 46′), Alaba, Davies, Kimmich, Tolisso, Sane, Muller, Gnabry, Lewandowski
Subs (not used): Nubel, Sule, Hernandez, Dantas, Richards, Musiala, Costa, Chupo-Moting
Goals: Kimmich (50′), Sane (55′), Sule (70′), Lewandowski (76′ pen, 82′)
Booked: Boateng (32′), Alaba (62′)
Manager: Hansi Flick
Mainz (4-3-2-1): Dahmen, St Juste, Hack, Brosinski, Mwene, Latza, Fernandes, Barreiro, Quaison, Boetius, Burkardt
Subs (not used): Liesegang, Lavalee, Bell, Papela, Stoger, Onisiwo, Szalai, Mateta
Goals: Burkhardt (32′), Hack (44′)
Booked: Boetius (60′)
Manager: Jan Siewert
The brave Mainz mindset in the first half got its reward as Bukhardt used his pace once again to latch onto Dani Latza’s ball before showing great composure to sensationally put the Bundesliga strugglers ahead.
If the first goal was unthinkable, no one could have perceived Alexander Hack then heading Mainz in a two-goal lead before half time after his powerful header flew past Neuer.
Manager Hansi Flick reacted by hooking off two of his back four in Benjamin Pavard and Jerome Boateng, but they started the half by nearly going 3-0 down after Latza fired straight at Neuer.
But Bayern had halved the deficit by the 51 minute mark when Joshua Kimmich, who had just been switched to right-back cushioned home a close range header after Robert Lewandowski had helped on Gnabry’s cross.
The Bavarians were clicking much more effectively by this point and, after missing a simple chance just moments earlier, Sane drew them level from a much harder one as he cut inside onto his left foot and fired past the goalkeeper from outside the box in trademark style.
But Mainz were nearly ahead quickly after as Quaison rattled the cross-bar with a powerful effort as the away side reminded everyone of their threat to set up an entertaining final half-hour.
That didn’t stop the Bayern surge, though, and they thought they had completed the comeback when Leandro Barreiro turned in Alfonso Davies’ cross, but the left-back was judged to have been offside after a late VAR call.
Alexander Hack put Mainz in dreamland when he rose highest to powerfully head past Neuer
Joshua Kimmich halved Bayern’s deficit five minutes into the second half with close header
Bayern’s lead seemed inevitable at this point and that comeback was finally completed when substitute Sule’s strike deflected in after a scramble.
Moments later they had the chance to make it four from the spot, and Lewandowski made no mistake to finally get himself in on the act.
The Polish FIFA ‘Best’ winner then had his second in comfortable fashion in the 82nd minute as Thomas Muller put it on a plate for his team-mate to fire it home.
Leroy Sane had Bayern level early in the second half with a fine long range effort
Robert Lewandowski got in on the act with a penalty before a second from close range
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