Bayern bounce back to beat Mainz

FC Bayern München recovered from conceding an early goal against Mainz to claim a well-deserved 3-1 win in their Bundesliga clash at the Opel Arena on Friday night.

  • Mainz 1 Bayern Munich 2
  • Cordoba opens scoring
  • Lewandowski levels
  • Robben puts visitors in front
  • Lewandowski completes brace

Match Summary

The visiting Bavarians could not have got off to a worse start as Jhon Cordoba put Mainz ahead in just the fourth minute of the game. However, they bounced back almost immediately with Robert Lewandowski putting them back on level terms four minutes later.

Arjen Robben gave them a deserved lead in the 21st minute, but the visiting fans had to wait all the way until the second minute of second half injury time for the result to be secure when Lewandowski added his second for the game to make it 3-1.

Full Report

The match got off to a lightening start with Cordoba showing his individual brilliance to dribble through the Bavarians defence before tucking a neat shot away to give the home side an unexpected early lead.

It would not last however, as normalcy resumed four minutes later when Robben delivered a beautiful ball in for Lewandowski, who was the model of composure in the box before burying the chance to make it 1-1.

From that point on it was almost exclusively Bayern and Jonas Lossl had to pull off a miraculous save to deny Thomas Muller from close range moments later.

The visitors were not to be denied and, in the 21st minute, Robben timed his jump to perfection to get his head on the end of a Muller cross to nod his side into a deserved 2-1 lead.

David Alaba pulled a shot wide and Robben wasted another glorious opportunity, blazing over the bar from inside the box, in quick succession as the defending Bundesliga champions continued to turn the screw. Franck Ribery then had the ball in the back of the net but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

It should have been 3-1 less then 60 seconds after half time when Muller found himself picked up the ball in plenty of space in the box and drilled it goalwards, but was once again denied by the excellent Lossl. The Mainz goalkeeper was able to show off his decision making too when Robben burst into the box, but Lossl came off his line at just the right time to steal the ball off the winger.

The hosts enjoyed a decent period of possession towards the end of the fixture and even doubled their shot count from four to eight, but it would be the visitors who would have the final say as Lewandowski beat Lossl with a stunning free kick two minutes into injury time at the end of the match.

The win sees Bayern back to the summit of the Bundesliga standings, on goal difference, with RB Leipzig set to take on Schalke on Saturday.