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Mainz 05 v Bayern München Live Commentary, 4/24/21

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J. Burkardt (3)
R. Quaison (37)
R. Lewandowski (90+4)
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That is all from this Bundesliga fixture, until next time!
Flick's side could be Bundesliga champions by their next game, in which they host Borussia Monchengladbach, if second-placed RB Leipzig fall to defeat against Stuttgart tomorrow. Mainz, who are now seven unbeaten, jump up to 12th, five points clear of the relegation zone with the added bonus of a game in hand. They next face Hertha Berlin a week on Monday.
Bayern's ninth successive Bundesliga title will have to wait as they fall to a 2-1 loss against Mainz. First-half goals from Burkardt and Quaison came either side of Lewandowski squandering a glorious opportunity for the visitors. In the second half, Svensson's men sat deep while appearing relatively untroubled before Lewandowski grabbed a late consolation goal for the Bavarians in additional time.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: MAINZ 2-1 BAYERN MUNICH
R. Lewandowski
Goal
Bayern München
90' + 4' GOOALLLL! LEWANDOWSKI SCORES LATE ON TO PULL ONE BACK! Hack gets an unchallenged headed clearance all wrong, flicking backward for Zentner but instead finding Lewandowski. The Polish forward takes one touch into the area before coolly slotting into the bottom right corner to pull one back and make it 2-1 late on.
90' + 3' Muller pushes backwards into Zentner and the goalkeeper ends up down on the ground. The hosts exchange a few words with Bayern's forward but Osmers intervenes, removing any arguments as he awards the home side a free-kick inside their own area.
90' + 2' Every Mainz player is inside their own half as Kohr smashes a clearance to Neuer, the only man inside Bayern's half. Svensson and his coaching staff applaud as they approach a memorable victory over the Bavarians.
90' + 1' There will be four minutes of added time as Muller carelessly loses possession in the left-hand channel.
D. Kohr
L. Barreiro
Mainz 05
90' At the same time as Brosinski's introduction, Kohr also replaces Barreiro.
D. Brosinski
D. da Costa
Mainz 05
89' Da Costa wanders off the pitch, greeted by the hug of Svensson and Brosinski is the man who comes on.
88' Pavard floats another cross into the area but once again Muller can only flick a header well wide of Zentner's target. Down the other end, Mwene does excellently to win the hosts a corner and a well-deserved breather.
D. da Costa
Yellow Card
Mainz 05
87' Davies dances around Barreiro before being hacked down by da Costa. The right wing-back's sliding tackle looks to have caught more the ball than the man but referee Osmers shows the yellow card to da Costa nevertheless.
86' Davies chips a cross to the far post, where Hack outjumps Muller to head away. On the opposite flank, Pavard stands up a cross towards Lewandowski but Zentner claims with real authority above the Polish forward, much to the delight of the Mainz bench.
84' Boateng clips over the top for Lewandowski and the Polish forward taps around Zentner before going down. Bayern barely appeal for a penalty, however, Lewandowski throws his arms in the air as if to suggest some form of frustration with Osmers' decision.
83' Gnabry drifts inside and looks for Muller at the near post with a deep, left-footed cross from the right flank. Muller tries but fails to get onto the cross as Zentner gratefully grabs the ball inside the six-yard area.
82' WIDE! Barreiro finds himself unusually far forward to the right of goal with the ball falling to him after a wayward Glatzel touch. The midfielder rushes a left-footed strike and his effort trickles wide of Neuer's goal to the right as Mainz create a rare chance at the other end in the second half.
R. Glatzel
K. Onisiwo
Mainz 05
80' Another change comes for the hosts as Glatzel comes on for Onisiwo.
79' Svensson's men are heading towards seven games unbeaten, a victory which would take them five points clear of the relegation zone. Svensson, however, doesn't look bothered about that as he argues with the fourth official and prepares another substitution.
78' Onisiwo thinks he has a chance to drive through the middle, however, Davies shows his remarkable speed to race back and intercept before Neuer is called upon. While the hosts haven't created much at the other end, Zentner hasn't been required to do too much in the home side's defensive third.
77' CHANCE! Bayern work possession around the outside of the hosts' area, with Kimmich eventually whipping a cross from wide on the right towards the penalty spot. Choupo-Moting moves inside Hack, however, the substitute forward can only head into the hands of Zentner in the middle of the Mainz goal.
75' Choupo-Moting feeds Lewandowski, who pokes into the area for the run of Muller. The German looks set to test Zentner but he can't sort his feet quickly enough and St. Juste intervenes with a right-footed clearance.
74' Musiala gestures to the referee that Boetius has dived but Osmers sees it differently as he awards Mainz a free-kick. Bayern are pressing high still, however, as of yet the hosts look comfortable and are defending their two-goal advantage with real confidence.
R. Lewandowski
Yellow Card
Bayern München
72' Lewandowski again catches Barreiro with a loose arm to the face and this time referee Osmers cautions the Polish forward.
72' Oztunali thinks he has been released to the right of goal, however, the assistant on the near side has their flag up for offside. The Bavarians rush to take the free-kick and have just over 20 minutes to find a way back into this game.
71' Bayern have failed to score just once in 29 Bundesliga games against Mainz (0-0 in April 2012), netting a total of 84 goals across these meetings. Bayern’s goals-per-game average isn’t higher against any other side they have faced on at least 10 occasions in the top flight than it is against FSV (2.9). Flick’s men need to extend that record here to have any chance of victory.
S. Gnabry
D. Alaba
Bayern München
70' Flick, with no choice but to attack, sends on Gnabry for Alaba.
J. Boëtius
R. Quaison
Mainz 05
68' Quaison, who powered home a first-half header to double the hosts' lead, makes his way off and Boetius is the man to replace him.
67' SAVE! Muller arrows a cross from deep on the right flank, finding the chest of Choupo-Moting, who brings the ball down before attempting an acrobatic right-footed finish over his shoulder. The substitute forward makes a good connection but Zentner saves with ease in the middle of his goal.
66' Oztunali and Boateng go against one another for a loose ball in the left-hand channel. Both of them look pretty high with their challenges but the referee awards a free-kick to the visitors, without feeling the need to take any further action.
65' Davies carries the ball half the pitch down the left, eventually playing to Choupo-Moting, who flicks behind him for Kimmich. The German midfielder, strangely, opts to hit a first-time strike from 25 yards out and his effort sails over the crossbar.
63' Kouassi fires a wayward pass nowhere near any of his team-mates after looking for Pavard on the right. Flick cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline and could he soon look to Gnabry to get the visitors back in the game?
61' Oztunali has the chance to drive down the right-hand channel but Boateng shows his pace to race back before playing to Neuer. Chances will continue to fall to Mainz on the counter-attack, it is just whether the hosts can capitalise on them or not in the second half.
J. St. Juste
Yellow Card
Mainz 05
59' St. Juste clatters into the back of Lewandowski in the air. The Bayern staff suggest an elbow, while Svensson protests his centre-back's innocence. Referee Osmers dishes out his second Mainz yellow card in as many minutes to the defender.
59' Choupo-Moting has scored in each of his last three appearances across all competitions. He has only ever managed this once before: in the Bundesliga in March 2014 for Mainz. He could now set a new personal record by scoring against his former side. Can the half-time introduction of the forward make a difference here?
P. Mwene
Yellow Card
Mainz 05
58' Mwene becomes the first Mainz man in Osmers' book for a late tackle on Pavard on the left-hand touchline.
57' After some lengthy treatment, Barreiro returns to his feet and comes back onto the pitch. Lewandowski apologises to the midfielder and the hosts take a quick free-kick in the middle.
55' Lewandowski and Barreiro both end up on the floor in the middle of the park. The Polish forward looks like he has caught Barreiro with a stray arm, which explains why the Mainz midfielder has gone down but not why the Pole has. VAR has a quick check before confirming Lewandowski's arm accidentally struck the face of Barreiro and play can resume.
53' Da Costa falters in possession as Davies sprints up to press him. It has been a better second-half start by the visitors, who struggled to get to grips with Mainz's energy in the first half.
52' Pavard rushes around Musiala on the overlap and the youngster plays in his right-back. Lewandowski looks to latch onto the Frenchman's cross towards the near post but the Pole can only turn well wide of the target.
51' Hack and Zentner appear confused after a Pavard cross from the right gets in between the pair. The centre-back, however, takes charge as he flicks away a clearance with Choupo-Moting ready and waiting at the back post.
50' Mwene drives down the line, however, his attacking efforts come to an end as Pavard intervenes. On the opposite flank, Davies races inwards before sensibly play back to Boateng as the visitors look to patiently carve out an opening.
48' Musiala progresses down the right-hand channel but his cross fails to find Lewandowski at the near post. Due to Svensson's half-time substitution, it looks like a change of shape for Mainz, with Oztunali sitting a little deeper and moving back into midfield for the hosts.
46' Referee Osmers gets the second half underway!
L. Öztunali
J. Burkardt
Mainz 05
46' Svensson, perhaps an enforced decision by the medical team, brings on Oztunali for Burkardt at half-time.
J. Musiala
K. Coman
Bayern München
46' Musiala makes his way on at half-time and Coman is the man to make way.
T. Nianzou
L. Goretzka
Bayern München
46' Kouassi also comes on for Goretzka.
E. Choupo-Moting
L. Sané
Bayern München
46' Flick doesn't hang about as he makes a triple change at half-time. The first of which sees Choupo-Moting replace Sane.
Flick may look to make changes, such as Musiala or Gnabry, at half-time to inject some intensity into Bayern's play, given their lethargic first-half start. The Bavarians, however, will not worry as they came back from a similar position to win 5-2 in the reverse fixture this season. Svensson, in contrast, will be delighted with his side's hard work and will simply be asking for more of the same in the next half.
Bayern, for the second time this season, find themselves two goals down at half-time to Mainz. Burkardt's early volley past Neuer rewarded the hosts' rapid start before Quaison's headed finish doubled their lead. Barring Lewandowski's chance down the other end, the visitors have rarely tested Zentner and their confirmation of their ninth successive Bundesliga title may have to wait.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: MAINZ 2-0 BAYERN MUNICH
45' + 2' Kimmich finds the forward run of Goretzka into the area but the German midfielder can't lift a strike over Zentner. On the side of the pitch, Onisiwo is down clutching his wrist but Bayern take the corner still, which gets cleared comfortably.
45' + 1' Sane drifts past Mwene, reaching the byline before attempting a low, right-footed cross towards the near post. Lewandowski looks interested but St. Juste has different ideas as he clears long.
44' Flick and his men need half-time to regroup after a remarkable start by the hosts. Barring Lewandowski's chance, the visitors have rarely tested Zentner as they continue to struggle to get to grips with Mainz's high intensity pressing game.
D. Alaba
Yellow Card
Bayern München
42' The hosts' anger carries on as da Costa gets brought down in the middle of the park. Mainz's players gather around referee Osmers and the official shows a yellow card to Alaba, taking Bayern's yellow card tally to three for the first half.
L. Goretzka
Yellow Card
Bayern München
41' Goretzka races through the middle to hack down Burkardt with a strong, sliding tackle. He becomes the second Bayern player in the book but Mainz's players rush towards referee Osmers as they feel the challenge was reckless. He disagrees and sticks with his yellow card decision.
39' CLOSE! Muller, Pavard and Kimmich all pass up on shooting opportunities with the ball eventually falling to Sane. The German winger beats Mwene with ease, cutting in on his left foot before curling a strike just wide of Zentner's right-hand post.
P. Mwene
Assist
Mainz 05
37' After Quaison wins a free-kick in the left-hand channel, Mwene delivers an inviting cross towards the six-yard area. Quaison drifts in between two defenders to head past Neuer from close range to double Mainz's lead.
R. Quaison
Goal
Mainz 05
37' GOOOALLLLLL!! 2-0 MAINZ! Boateng’s mistake leads to a free-kick wide on the left. Mwene whips in the set-piece, finding Quaison, who won the free-kick, inside the six-yard area and the forward powers a header past Neuer from close range.
J. Boateng
Yellow Card
Bayern München
36' Boateng brings down Quaison in the left-hand channel as the centre-back was perhaps unaware of the forward's presence behind him. The German defender becomes the first name in the book and the hosts have a free-kick in the left-hand channel.
35' Svensson has collected an impressive 25 points from his first 15 Bundesliga games in charge of Mainz – the best ever start for a head coach in the Zerofivers’ Bundesliga history.
34' Da Costa spins and turns but he can't evade the attentions of Davies in the left-hand channel. Mainz press incredibly high, however, Bayern show their quality as they play around their opposition with ease. For now, the hosts remain 1-0 up, courtesy of Burkardt's volleyed opener.
32' Kimmich is the first to his feet after the aerial collision, while Burkardt, who scored the opener in this game, takes another minute or two to get back to his feet. When he does eventually feel fine to carry on, he returns from the touchline and play restarts with a Mainz free-kick.
30' Kimmich and Burkardt challenge for a loose ball near the halfway line and both end up on the ground after an aerial collision. Physios from both teams rush on and it looks like there will be a fairly lengthy stoppage.
28' Boateng whips a hopeful pass for Muller into the area and the German does well to hook a right-footed attempt back towards the left-hand corner. Zentner, however, remains unmoved as he watches Muller's effort drift wide of the target and out of play.
26' Alaba stands up a pass over the left of the hosts' defence for the run of Davies but the Canadian can't get to it as St. Juste ushers the ball out of play. Svensson's men remain insistent on playing out from the back, however, they lose possession through Quaison's wayward pass.
25' Sane beats Quaison, coasting inside before drilling a tame effort into the hands of Zentner. Flick's men are growing into this game as they now appear to be getting to grips with Mainz's fast-paced start.
24' Mainz are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga games (W4, D2) – a run they last managed in autumn 2015 (also six). Only Bayern (16) have collected more points across their last six Bundesliga matches than the Zerofivers (14).
23' Another Bayern corner comes as Kimmich finds the head of Goretzka inside the area. The German midfielder touches down for Sane, however, after a little scramble, Quaison manages to take charge and clear long.
22' Zentner, who has largely been a spectator in the first 20 minutes of this game, is called upon as he rises high above Lewandowski and Muller to collect Pavard's deep cross. The visitors then go down the left before Zentner is required to punch away Kimmich's cross.
21' Quaison nearly goes through one-on-one with Neuer, however, his first touch lets him down and the German goalkeeper rushes out to intervene. Down the other end, Coman wins the away side's first corner of the game, which gets comfortably headed away at the near post.
19' Despite the reigning German champions being 10 points clear and set for another Bundesliga title, it is unclear at the minute which of the two sides are the dominant force in German football. Mainz are pressing high, giving Bayern no chance to think, while Flick's men look lethargic in possession.
18' POST AGAIN! Quaison drifts inside, slipping a pass out to da Costa in the right-hand channel. The right wing-back hesitates before looking to cross towards the near post. Davies gets in the way of the initial ball, deflecting it onto Neuer's left-hand post and the visitors get away with it as the ball races out for a Mainz corner.
16' SAVE! Mwene causes more chaos down the left-hand channel, feeding Quaison, who cuts in around Boateng and smashes a right-footed attempt into the shoulder of Neuer from the left of goal. The German goalkeeper doesn't seem to know too much about the save but nevertheless the score remains at 1-0.
15' OVER! A rare miss from Lewandowski up top comes as the Pole goes through one-on-one with Zentner before wildly firing over the bar with a right-footed effort inside the area. Initially, Davies intercepted high up the pitch to release the Bayern forward, who uncharacteristically rushed his strike and didn't trouble the hosts' goal.
14' Bayern, as they have done all season, look to play out from the back but Mainz refuse to let them do so. Onisiwo races forward in pressure, forcing Neuer to slam a clearance into the forward before the ball cannons out for a goal-kick.
12' Onisiwo powers down the left-hand channel, reaching the byline before looking to cut back towards the penalty spot. Goretzka is on hand to intercept and remove any opportunity, however, the visitors still appear slow and shocked as they struggle to get to grips with Mainz's fast-paced start.
11' Svensson won three of his five Bundesliga games against Bayern during his playing career with the Zerofivers. Svensson’s points-per-game average against Bayern (1.8) is better than that of any other Mainz player who has faced the Bavarians at least five times in the Bundesliga.
10' OFF THE POST! Mwene dances around Sane with relative ease, crossing towards the back post looking for the head of Burkardt. Davies deals with the first cross, heading away to Latza, who heads towards the bottom left corner from the edge of the area via the aid of a Kimmich deflection. Neuer moves quickly across, parrying onto his right-hand post before Pavard hooks away the danger.
8' Coman has the chance to run at da Costa but opts to pass for the overlapping run of Davies, who sees his cross headed away at the front post. Mainz then have the opportunity to counter before Alaba cynically intervenes in the middle of the park.
6' A long pass gets knocked over the head of Davies, who from inside his own area, volleys back to Neuer. While the intervention appears accidental, the Mainz bench appeal for a pass back but referee Olmers allows play to go on.
5' Mainz, encouraged by Burkardt's early goal, are moving possession about with real authority in the early stages. Svensson's team are getting high up the pitch and into the faces of the visitors, who appear slightly shocked by the hosts' positive start.
J. Burkardt
Goal
Mainz 05
3' GOALLLLL!!! 1-0 MAINZ! Mwene drives down the left, progressing past Bayern’s midfield before clipping over the top for the run of Burkardt. Boateng gets in the way of Davies, flicking a header over Davies and into the patch of Burkardt, who powerfully volleys from the edge of the area. Neuer should save the strike but he can only push the forward’s effort into the back of his own net to give Mainz a surprising early lead!
2' WIDE! Lewandowski and Muller can't bring down Davies' cross from the left-hand channel and the loose ball trickles to the edge of the area. Pavard moves inwards, cutting across the ball to strike towards the top right corner. Zentner scrambles across but the French right-back's effort sails just wide of the target.
1' Referee Harm Osmers blows his whistle to get this game underway!
Bayern fought back to record a 5-2 win against Mainz in the reverse fixture this season. It was the first time since 1988 (4-3 win versus Leverkusen after trailing 3-1) and just the fourth time overall in the Bundesliga that the Bavarians have come back to win after being at least two goals down at half time.
Flick makes three changes from the win in midweek. Lewandowski, who returned to training this week after a lengthy absence due to a knee injury, replaces Choupo-Moting, Sane gets the nod ahead of Musiala and Lucas Hernandez drops out for Goretzka, who made his return from injury with a substitute appearance against Leverkusen last time out.
Svensson opts for five changes from the 1-0 victory against Werder Bremen. Da Costa returns at right wing-back as he replaces Brosinski, Kohr and Boetius make way for Latz and Quaison, while Burkardt starts ahead of Szalai, who scored the only goal in their midweek win. The other change sees centre-back Bell miss out as Hack comes in.
SUBS: Alexander Nubel, Jamal Musiala, Bouna Sarr, Tanguy Kouassi, Serge Gnabry, Marc Roca, Tiago Dantas, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Javi Martinez.
BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski.
SUBS: Kevin Stoger, Stefan Bell, Levin Oztunali, Adam Szalai, Finn Dahmen, Jean-Paul Boetius, Daniel Brosinski, Robert Glatzel, Dominik Kohr.
MAINZ (3-4-1-2): Robin Zentner; Moussa Niakhate, Alexander Hack, Jeremiah St. Juste; Danny da Costa, Danny Latz, Leandro Barreiro Martins, Philipp Mwene; Robin Quaison; Karim Onisiwo, Jonathan Burkardt.
While Bayern’s Champions League hopes were crushed by Paris Saint-Germain, the visitors bounced back with a routine 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. With RB Leipzig faltering, Hans-Dieter Flick’s men are now ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and, with four games remaining, victory here would confirm their ninth successive top-flight title.
After a disappointing start to the season, in which the hosts lost their first six matches and picked up only six points from their first 13 games, Mainz have recovered in recent weeks. Bo Svensson’s men are unbeaten in their last six games, lifting them two points clear of the relegation zone and most recently scraped past Werder Bremen 1-0.
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