Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga campaign to eight games on Saturday. The Bavarian club clinched a 3-1 win away at Mainz to claim all three points. Bayern remain third in the points table, two points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
Kingsley Coman and Harry Kane scored early goals to give Bayern a comfortable lead in the first half. Mainz bounced back well after a disastrous start to reduce the deficit to one goal before halftime. Leon Goretzka scored the third goal in the second half to seal the victory for Die Roten. Let us look at the top three performers for Die Roten at Mainz on Saturday.
Going into the new season, Leon Goretzka was not expected to be the first-choice midfield option for Bayern. Courtesy of Konrad Laimer playing in the right-back position frequently, Goretzka got the opportunity to start games consistently for Die Roten. The German midfielder has rarely put a foot wrong whenever he has been in the starting XI. The performance against Mainz was probably his best of the campaign.
The German midfielder had a passing accuracy of 87% against Mainz as he kept the play ticking in the center of the park. Goretzka completed five recoveries in the game and helped the team defend well whenever Mainz tried to put pressure on them. Along with doing well in passing and defensive metrics, Goretzka managed to score the crucial third goal and assist Harry Kane for the second goal. It was a complete midfield performance.
Kingsley Coman scored the early goal for Bayern on Saturday. Mainz responded well to the early setback. They should have scored the equaliser in the 13th minute, but Sven Ulreich came up with an incredible save to deny a certain goal. The German goalkeeper was outstanding for Die Roten throughout the game.
Ulreich made three saves in the game, and he was pretty decent on the ball. The 35-year-old has done well in the absence of Manuel Neuer this season. Without his heroics on Saturday, the game against Mainz would have been even more difficult.
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Leroy Sane was disappointed when he was substituted in the 77th minute against Mainz. The German forward was eager to get on the scoresheet. Despite not scoring against Mainz, Sane was one of the best players for Die Roten on the pitch.
The 27-year-old winger was a constant thread in the final third as he created four chances. Sane also provided the assist for Coman’s goal. Along with contributing in the final third, Sane also helped the team while defending. Only a goal was missing from Sane’s solid performance against Mainz. (Stats courtesy: Fotmob)