An impressive October for Bayern Munich ended on a positive note as they clinched a convincing victory against Mainz on matchday 12 of the Bundesliga. The Bavarian club delivered a solid performance to register a 6-2 victory at Allianz Arena on Saturday. Courtesy of this win, Bayern temporarily moved top of the points table since Union Berlin will be playing late on Sunday.
Julian Nagelsmann decided to stick with the same team that featured in the 3-0 win against Barcelona on Wednesday. The German coach’s decision was vindicated as every player in the starting XI delivered a solid performance to help Bayern extend unbeaten run to nine games across all competitions.
Bayern started the game on the front foot against Mainz as Sadio Mane had the chance to open the scoring in the fourth minute. The Senegalese forward’s volley from a tight angle was smashed into the side netting. Mane turned into a creator a minute later as he perfectly squared the pass for Serge Gnabry to open the scoring. It was a swift team move that caught Mainz off-guard in the fifth minute of the game.
Mainz responded well after going down early in the game as they managed to create a few half-chances. However, Bayern was in a ruthless mood on Saturday, and in no time, the lead was doubled through another brilliant team move. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting showed great awareness around the box to set up Jamal Musiala. The youngster unleashed a venomous shot to beat the goalkeeper and give Die Roten a comfortable lead.
The visitors again responded strongly, as they had two shots off the post immediately after Musiala’s goal. However, the failure to convert chance came back to bite Mainz again. They were the creators of their downfall at both ends of the pitch. Alexander Hack brought down Mane in the 41st minute to allow Die Roten to triple the lead. Mane made the mess of the penalty, but he was in the right place to capitalise the rebound to make it 3-0 for the home side.
The first half came to a chaotic end as Sven Ulreich conceded a penalty and eventually made a save from the spot. However, Mainz managed to get one goal back in added time through a well-worked set piece. It was a chaotic half, but Die Roten thoroughly deserved the lead.
The second half saw Bayern playing aggressively to put the game past Mainz. Die Roten’s perseverance was rewarded, as Leon Goretzka scored the fourth goal by heading the ball past the goalkeeper. Mane delivered an enticing cross from the left flank to set up the goal for Goretzka.
Julian Nagelsmann was forced to make one change at half-time since Matthijs de Ligt suffered a knock. After Die Roten scored the fourth goal, the German coach decided to shuffle the pack and give game time to fringe players. The substitutes didn’t disappoint Nagelsmann as Mattys Tel came off the bench and scored a sublime individual goal. Kingsley Coman managed to set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the final stages of the game to make it a resounding victory for Die Roten. Mainz did get a second goal in the 82nd minute, but it was a mere consolation for the visitors.
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Bayern showed great ruthlessness and efficiency in the final third against Mainz. Things are falling into place for Julian Nagelsmann after a difficult September. He will be hoping to see a similar kind of performance on Tuesday as they host Inter Milan in the final group game of the Champions League.