Bayern Munich 6-2 Mainz: Jamal Musiala stars as rampant champions go top


Bayern Munich blew Mainz away to go replace Union Berlin at the top of the Bundesliga with a devastating display.

Jamal Musiala scored his 10th goal of the season as ruthless Bayern Munich thrashed Mainz 6-2 in a pulsating Bundesliga contest to go top of the table.

It had been 57 days since Julian Nagelsmann’s side were last at the summit, but they moved past Union Berlin with a sixth straight win on Saturday.

First-half goals from Serge Gnabry, the hugely impressive Musiala and Sadio Mane put them in command at the Allianz Arena, the Senegal forward finishing from the rebound after Robin Zentner saved a penalty.

Silvan Widmer pulled one back on the stroke of half-time after Sven Ulreich kept out Jonathan Burkardt’s spot-kick, but goals from Leon Goretzka and Mathys Telo kept Bayern out of sight.

Marcus Ingvartsen capitalized on a terrible error from Ulreich to score Mainz’s second goal, before an in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw off the last game with a late goal against his former club.

The champions took the lead in the fifth minute, Mane cutting the ball down and Gnabry finishing from close range with his left foot after Musiala’s clever dummy.

Musiala doubled his lead just before the half-hour mark, finishing another slick move with a clinical right foot after exchanging passes with Choupo-Moting.

Burkardt rattled the crossbar and Jae-Sung Lee hit the post, after Mane added Bayern’s third, he followed up by tucking home after Zentner flicked his tame kick back into his path.

Referee Felix Zwayer awarded a penalty after a VAR review for Alexander Hack’s tackle on Mane, and after a further review on the pitch monitor he again pointed to the spot as he believed Ulreich had caught Anthony Caci on an attempted corner.

Ulreich headed Burkardt’s kick over the bar, but more drama ensued when Widmer nodded in the resulting corner just before the break.

Benjamin Pavard replaced the injured Matthijs de Ligt for a second half that Mainz started brightly but Choupo-Moting almost restored Bayern’s three-goal lead when he hit the crossbar.

Goretzka duly got on the end of Mane’s cross minutes later to nod in the Bavarian giants’ fourth on 58 minutes and Tel came off the bench to get in the game with a deflected strike 11 minutes from time.

Ulreich’s awful pass gave Ingvartsen the chance to push forward in the closing stages and there was still time for Choupo-Moting to round off the score with his right foot after being picked out by Kingsley Coman.

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