FC Bayern Munich go swimming at FSV Mainz 05: cold shower for the German champions

The Bayern champions started the rotary machine before the match in Mainz. By the way, captain Manuel Neuer was alone on the bench, Thomas Müller remained in Monaco with a cold.

Guests slept fully during the initial phase, in contrast to the cheeky and brave Rheinhessen. After just 120 seconds, the record champions almost rang the bell: Jonathan Burkhardt only hit the crossbar from close range, then the post (2nd).

After a good quarter of an hour, the FSV finally awarded itself for the dominant aspect. A weak tee shot from Neuer Rep Sven Ulreich landed directly on Dominik Kohr’s head. This promptly transported the ball to the edge of the Munich penalty area. There Burkhardt takes advantage of the pass directly on first contact, also bypassing the Bayern goalkeeper (18th).


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Mainz stayed on the gas pedal and acted very venomously against a tired-looking industry leader. The 05ers then took advantage of this sleepiness in one of their many dangerous set pieces. A clear cross from Aarón Martin lands on Anton Stach’s head, who then deftly stretches the ball into the small area. There it is Moussa Niakhaté who has no problem pushing over the line from close range for the 2-0 (27 ‘).

At 33 ‘the individual quality of the record champions finally flashed. Out of nowhere, the guests joined the Rhenish Hessian penalty area. Eventually, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting skillfully passed on to Robert Lewandowski. With his patented turn shot, the Pole overtakes Robin Zentner in the home side area (33 ‘).

In the second half, Julian Nagelsmann reacted to his team’s completely indisposed performance with two substitutions, putting Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala on the line. The short streak 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, which overturned the guests’ entire bottom line. Finally, Barreiro Martins shot Benjamin Pavard from a central position in the penalty area, the ball arching and dripping from the bottom of the crossbar behind the goal line.

Bayern have now finally been broken, also lucky that Onisiwo hit the crossbar again only in the 71st minute. Thanks to a courageous performance, the 05ers were able to celebrate a more than deserved home victory after the final whistle.

The votes for the game:

Julian Nagelsmann (FC Bayern Munich manager): “I have an explanation, but I’m not giving it to you, I say it internally. We’ve had too many similar defeats this season. After the tenth consecutive title, it’s a little humane. If it seems like that, like when we have to serve and the passion is gone, there is a point where we have to change something. That’s where we are now. ”

The tweet about the game:

This was evident: the Furious Mainzers show lethargic Bavarians how to do it

Even before kick-off, suspicion was confirmed that Bayern might not be playing with maximum intensity. Captain Manuel Neuer also got one of his rare breaks and only watched the game from the bench. But what Nagelsmann’s Elf showed in 90 minutes defied almost any description. Mainz, who are themselves stuck in the neutral zone in tenth place in the standings, played refreshing and courageous attacking football. Three hits, three more bars, 22: 7 shots on goal, 52% of duels won, plus six kilometers more than Bayern. In a game of little sporting relevance, Rheinhessen showed themselves to be their best team and gave mostly neutral spectators an extremely entertaining afternoon.

The stats: 18

Robert Lewandowski scored again in the away defeat in Mainz and scored his 18th away goal. This is a new record within a Bundesliga season.

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