Boëtius opener not enough – FSV suffer big defeat at Bayern
A super start was not enough for 1. FSV Mainz to overcome the record champions Bayern München. FCB recovered from a well-deserved Jean-Paul Boëtius opener to make it 2-1 before the break. They added four in the second half and the game ended 6-1. The hosts’ goals were scored by Benjamin Pavard, David Alaba, Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Alphonso Davies.
Sandro Schwarz made three changes to his team from last week. Daniel Brosinski, Kunde Malong and Robin Quaison (all on the bench today) were replaced by Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel, Ridle Baku and Jonathan Burkardt.
FSV’s plan to play with courage almost backfired after just a few minutes. Robert Lewandowski found himself in front of goal but his shot from around the edge of the box narrowly missed (4’). Mainz then broke the deadlock with a first attack of the game, when Pierre-Gabriel’s perfectly-timed cross from the right was nodded home by Boëtius. The Zerofivers were playing really well and stopped Bayern playing out from the back with a timely high press. But, as Schwarz’s men found out after about about half an hour, it’s almost impossible to stop a team like Bayern München from creating chances. They broke through the midfield quickly and Philipp Coutinho found Ivan Perisic, whose shot could only find the side netting (29’).
Mainz’s next opportunity came through Karim Onisiwo, but his effort was too central to get the better of Germany international Manuel Neuer (32’). Müller was then properly tested for the first time at the other end as he stopped an Alaba free kick from leveling the scores (34’). The hosts started to really press for the first time in the match and Müller again reacted brilliantly after a failed clearance by Latza (35’). However, he was unable to do anything about Benjamin Pavard’s equalising volley just one minute later (36’). Mainz then suffered another blow shortly before the break in the form of an unstoppable Alaba free kick that made it 2-1 at half time.
Bayern run riot
Schwarz brought on Kunde Malong in place of captain Danny Latza for the start of the second half but Bayern soon made another breakthrough. Pavard crossed the ball in from the right and Müller could only manage to parry Ivan Perisic’s header into the underside of the bar and it bounced over the line – 3-1 (54’). The Mainz coach reacted two minutes later, bringing on new-signing Adam Szalai to replace Burkardt. The next chance, however, fell to Kunde, whose deflected shot from range landed on the roof of the net (59’). Three minutes later, Niakhaté came to Müller’s rescue with a goal-line clearance from Lewandowski’s lob (62’).
Bayern put the game out of sight two minutes later when Kingsley Coman converted from close range after a corner from Joshua Kimmich (64’). The game was over but FCB added to the scoreline in the closing stages anyway. Lewandowski scored his sixth of the season to make it 5-1 (78’), before substitute Alphonso Davies capitalised on Thomas Müller’s hard work three minutes later to make it half a dozen. After the defeat in Munich, FSV now go into the international break with no points. The next fixture is in two weeks against Hertha BSC back in front of a home crowd at the OPEL ARENA.