Mainz 0-4 Bayern Munich: Player Rating as Choupo-Moting stars as Bundesliga champions cruise into quarter-finals


A first competitive win for Bayern Munich since November 12 saw Julian Nagelsmann’s side through in the DFB-Pokal at Mainz on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich returned to winnings ways after reaching the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals as Eric Choupo-Moting scored one and assisted another in a 4-0 victory at Mainz.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side have just a point at the Bundesliga summit after three consecutive 1-1 draws, but they ended their winless run with a dominant display at the MEWA Arena on Wednesday.

Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo assisted Choupo-Motinga’s opener just 17 minutes into his debut before the striker equalized for Leroy Sane in the 30th minute after Jamal Musiala’s strike.

Substitute Alphonso Davies sealed victory in the second half before Alexander Hack’s late dismissal as Bayern claimed their first win of 2023 to stay on course for a first DFB-Pokal triumph since 2020.

Mainz ignored early warning signs against a dominant Bayern and were punished when Choupo-Moting expertly volleyed Cancelo’s right-wing cross past Finn Dahmen at the far post.

Musiala doubled the visitors’ advantage with an accurate left-footed finish into the bottom right-hand corner after Thomas Muller’s delicate pass.

Joshua Kimmich then curled a free-kick from a tight angle against the left post before Sane calmly finished from Choupo-Moting’s through ball as an out-of-control Bayern run rampant in the first half.

Hack cleared Muller’s deflected effort off the line after the break, while Anthony Caci narrowly missed a rare Mainz chance at the other end.

Davies nodded Kimmich’s right-wing cross past Dahmen for Bayern’s fourth before Hack was shown a second yellow card for a needless foul on Musial as Bayern cruised to victory.

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