Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich: Three wins from three for Niko Kovac

Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich: Leon Goretzka and Thiago Alcantara make it three wins from three for Niko Kovac

  • Bayern Munich keep the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to two points
  • Leon Goretzka’s first half effort was added to by Thiago Alcantara
  • Jean-Paul Boetius had equalised for the hosts but they remain in the bottom half

A convincing display from Bayern Munich saw them come through against the solid defence of a Mainz side with a good home record.

Thiago Alcantara scored his first goal of the season, and the decider of the match, in the 62nd minute after the hosts at Opel Arena had enjoyed a bright start to the second half.

The visitors had already had a goal disallowed before Leon Goretzka put Bayern ahead – with Mainz equalising at the start of the second half through Jean-Paul Boetius. 

Leon Goretzka celebrates with Thomas Muller after putting Bayern Munich ahead at Mainz

Leon Goretzka celebrates with Thomas Muller after putting Bayern Munich ahead at Mainz

Thiago Alcantara celebrates after scoring the winner for Bayern in the second half

Thiago Alcantara celebrates after scoring the winner for Bayern in the second half

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE 

Mainz: Muller, Brosinski, Bell, Niakhate, Caricol, Gbamin, Malong (Quaison 68), Latza (Maxim 84), Oztunali, Mateta (Ujah 69), Boetius

Subs not used: Onisiwo, Mwene, Zentner, Flack

Goalscorers: Boetius 48

Booked: Carciol, Oztunali, Ujah 

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Kimmich, Sule, Boateng, Alaba, Martinez, Muller (Rafinha 84), Goretzka (Sanches 55), Thiago, Gnabry (Ribery 57), Lewandowski

Subs not used: Ulreich, Wagner, Hummels, Rodriguez

Goalscorers: Goretzka 39, Thiago 62

Booked: Martinez

Thiago’s first goal of the season almost came earlier in the game, when the 27-year-old’s effort was given and then disallowed after the referee watched a replay and gave a free-kick to Mainz for a foul by Robert Lewandowski.

The Polish striker was judged to have blocked Mainz midfielder Pierre Kunde on his way to the ball and committed a foul just before the cross was delivered to Thiago, who hit the ball into the net.

Goretzka gave Bayern the lead just before half-time after a 40-yard cross-field pass found Joshua Kimmich, who took a great touch to control the ball before passing to the former Schalke player, who volleyed into the net.

The opening goal gave Goretzka only his second goal of the season with his well-timed hit past Florian Muller in the Mainz net. 

Bayern's lead after half time lasted only three minutes before Mainz equalised

Bayern’s lead after half time lasted only three minutes before Mainz equalised

Jean-Paul Boetius celebrates levelling the scoreline in Saturday's league game

Jean-Paul Boetius celebrates levelling the scoreline in Saturday’s league game

After an early season blip Niko Kovac has now registered three wins on the bounce

After an early season blip Niko Kovac has now registered three wins on the bounce

Mainz made a great start to the second half, equalising through Boetius after just two minutes of the second half.

A well-placed cross from Daniel Brosinski missed every Bayern defender but, more importantly, picked out the Dutch striker and ended Mainz’s 497-minute wait for a goal.

The deciding goal came after a good period of play from the home side, which helped Thiago put away a Lewandowski cross.

The former Borussia Dortmund striker had the ball down the right-hand side and cleverly pulled in two defenders before tapping the ball across for the Spanish midfielder, who had to stretch to slot it past Muller.

Bayern continued their run since the international break with three wins from three matches and will play Rodinghausen in the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday.

Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez falls to the ground as Pierre Kunde shields the ball

Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez falls to the ground as Pierre Kunde shields the ball

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