• J. Córdoba 4’
  • 8’ R. Lewandowski
  • 21’ A. Robben
  • 90’ R. Lewandowski
1 Half Time 2
Attendance 34,000


    • KICK OFF
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      G R. Lewandowski Assist Y. Mallı
    • 90'
      STUNNING! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! Lewandowski puts the game to bed with an absolutely remarkable strike from the free-kick! It bends and swerves and dips en route to goal, leaving Lossl rooted to his spot.
    • 45'
    • 90'
      Balogun fouls Lewandowski on the edge of the area, and that will see him pick up a yellow card - but more of a worry for Mainz will be this free-kick that is to follow...
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      That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
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      Jhon Cordoba gave the Nullfunfer an early lead, but an Arjen Robben goal sandwiched between a Robert Lewandowski brace helped Carlo Ancelotti's side complete the turnaround at the Opel Arena.
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      Jhon Cordoba got Mainz off to a dream start at the Opel Arena with his goal inside four minutes, but they couldn't build on it. Bayern proceeded to get a foothold in the match and head into the break with the lead as goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben see them complete the first-half tur
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      Carlo Ancelotti makes a pair of changes to the side which beat Leverkusen 2-1. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are brought in to flank striker Robert Lewandowski, at the expense of Xabi Alonso and Douglas Costa.
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      Martin Schmidt makes five changes to his Mainz side from the defeat to Hertha last weekend, as well as a switch to five at the back to combat Bayern's high-flying attack. Stefan Bell, Alexander Hack, Daniel Brosinski, Fabian Frei, Karim Onisiwo and Jhon Cordoba come into the team at the expense of N
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      SUBS: Costa, Rafinha, Boateng, Bernat, Vidal, Ulreich, Sanches.
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      BAYERN (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba; Lahm, Thiago; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Lewandowski.
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      SUBS: Latza, Oztunali, Bussmann, Bungert, De Blasis, Huth, Seydel.
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      MAINZ (5-3-2): Lossl; Donati, Balogun, Bell, Hack, Brosinski; Frei, Ramalho, Malli; Onisiwo, Cordoba.
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      They ended 2015/16 in sixth and are within sight of matching or bettering that finish this season, but they need a strong month of December to build momentum heading into the second half.
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      Mainz are hovering in mid-table obscurity, nowhere near the relegation zone, but also not as close as they would like to be to the European places, of which they finished in last season.
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      The pressure on Carlo Ancelotti was eased, albeit only slightly, with a narrow 2-1 victory over Leverkusen last weekend, but the Italian desperately needs a perfect month of December to allow him to rest easy during the winter break.
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      Bayern enter December in a relatively unfamiliar position outside of top spot in the Bundesliga, as they’re left chasing first-place Leipzig in what has been a remarkable first half of the season in Germany.
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Opel Arena for some Friday night Bundesliga action as Bayern Munich travel to Mainz, hoping to keep the pressure on league-leaders RB Leipzig.
    • 1'
      AND WE'RE OFF! Mainz in red, attacking right to left as they get the match underway, with Bayer in their changed all-grey strip this evening.
    • 3'
      Terrific tempo at the start of this match, with both sides confident as they push forward in possession. Bayern's first threatening attack comes down the left flank, but some accomplished defending from Donati sees the full-back do well to deny Alaba's cross a way through.
    • 4'
      G J. Córdoba Assist Y. Mallı
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      Excellent vision and weight behind that pass from Malli to provide the assist.
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      MAINZ LEAD, BAYERN STUNNED! It's a dream start for Mainz, off to an absolute flier! The pace of Cordoba proves too much for Hummels, who fails to track the striker's run as he's played behind the defence by Malli. He runs into the area and with the angle difficult, manages to hammer an accomplished
    • 6'
      Bayern's problems mount again. This is exactly the start they couldn't afford, especially given their recent struggles. It's time for Bayern to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, with three points a virtual must for them this evening.
    • 8'
      G R. Lewandowski Assist Y. Mallı
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      Great running and an even better pass there from Robben who picks up the assist.
    • 8'
      PARITY RESTORED! An absolutely incredible tempo and the goals keep coming! Lahm produces a stunning tackle at one end to dispossess Malli, before Bayern break the other way. Robben uses his pace to run at the defence and open up a lane for a pass, playing the ball through for Lewandowski who finishe
    • 10'
      STAT: Robert Lewandowski has scored a brace on each of his last three visits to Mainz. If he manages another this weekend, he will become the first-ever Bundesliga player to score at least two goals in four consecutive games away vs. the same opposition.
    • 12'
      Mainz back in the ascendency as they try to restore their lead. Malli is looking particularly lively in attack, while the combination play between Onisiwo and Cordoba has proven a real handful as well for the visitors in defence.
    • 14'
      CRUCIAL SAVE! Lossl does wonderfully to get off his line and close down the angle, before denying Muller from in close, after the forward had done well to bring down a ball over the top and split the likes of Bell and Hack to get through on goal. The ball is sent back up the pitch and good hold-up p
    • 16'
      Martin Schmidt seems to have got his formation right, at least in the early stages here. His option to play with five at the back has proved essential thus far in helping to combat the width of Bayern in attack, with Ribery and Robben struggling to find pockets of space on the flanks.
    • 18'
      The fast-paced start has slowed a bit as Bayern start to assert themselves in possession, looking to patiently build in the attacking half. They're more willing to wait for their openings, but Mainz are doing well to keep them to the periphery for the time being. Muller tests Lossl on the end of the
    • 20'
      STAT: Mainz have lost more often in the Bundesliga (14), conceded more goals (51) and won fewer points per game (0.7; min. 3 top-flight meetings) vs. the Bavarians than any other club.
    • 21'
      G A. Robben Assist Y. Mallı
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      Muller's cross sees him record the assist.
    • 21'
      FROM BEHIND, BAYERN LEAD! Some turnaround, this, from the visitors! Cordoba's early goal was cancelled out by Lewandowski, and now Bayern have a second as Robben creeps in unmarked at the far post to head home from Muller's cross!
    • 23'
      Bayern have really found their rhythm now after a shaky start. They're completely bossing possession, with Mainz unable to do much about it. When the hosts do win it back, they're having little to no success trying to pass their way out from the back.
    • 25'
      LIFTED OVER! It looked almost as though Robben thought the offside flag would be raised, but it stayed down as he was played through behind the defence by Muller's clever flick. Robben has a quick look up at goal and tries to chip the keeper, but gets too much behind it as it sails over the bar and
    • 27'
      Mainz are being hemmed in at the back here as pressure continues to build. After such a delightful start to the match, it's a bit of a surprise to see it go south so quick, but they're teetering as we approach the half-hour mark. Another Bayern goal would be detrimental to their hopes of claiming a
    • 29'
      STAT: Bayern have attempted a league-high 8,473 passes this term – Mainz have made roughly half as many (4,219 – only Darmstadt fewer).
    • 31'
      The combination play between Robben and Muller tonight has been nothing short of excellent. The latter has drifted out onto the right with regularity, and Mainz simply don't have an answer. Some good passing on this latest attacking spell sees them win successive corners, but Mainz deal with them ac
    • 33'
      From a neutral standpoint it's becoming difficult viewing to an extent. Bayern are content with slowly building, often spending long spells simply passing it around at the back, taking advantage of Mainz's unwillingness to press high up the pitch. It's been one-way traffic over the last 15 minutes.
    • 35'
      Kimmich and Alaba have taken up advanced positions, which has allowed Robben and Ribery to drift a bit inside in support of Muller and Lewandowski, but it's all become a bit congested as a result. Mainz are showing no signs of being able to keep possession, but they've found the answer to slow Bayer
    • 37'
      A rare foray forward for Mainz puts the Bayern defence under a bit of stress. When the hosts have found their way into attack tonight they've looked dangerous, but the opportunities have just been few and far between.
    • 39'
      STAT: Bayern have now conceded in each of their last five league games for the first time since November to December 2011.
    • 41'
      Not even close! Bayern are starting to resort to hopeful balls over the top as they struggle to navigate passage through what has become a rather congested final third. The latest attempted delivery comes to Lewandowski, who lashes a half-volley at goal from 25 yards, but gets well under it, slicing
    • 43'
      CLOSE! Lewandowski and Alaba stand over a free-kick, following Hack's foul on Robben, debating who gets to take it. The former wins the debate and is able to lift his strike over the wall from the ensuing free-kick, but it was always bending away from goal as it drifts wide of the near post.
    • 44'
      Free-kick at the other end now as Martinez is booked for handling the ball just outside the penalty area. Malli will be keen to take this one...
    • 45'
      NOPE! Straight into the wall from Malli, a rather wasteful free-kick for the hosts, as the board goes up to indicate one minute of stoppage time.
    • 46'
      Here we go again...
    • 48'
      Those two are at it again! No rest for the wicked, it would seem! Robben and Muller right back at it at the start of this second half, linking up smartly in attack, with the German sending the Dutcman into space with a nicely improvised flick. Robben tries one of his trademark left-footed strikes fr
    • 50'
      Has to be better! Opportunities have been limited for Mainz in attack, so it's that much more important that they take their chances when they present themselves. Donati this time gets into a great area to whip in a cross, but he rushes his delivery and gets it all wrong in the end, allowing Bayern
    • 52'
      STAT: Mainz are unbeaten in three Friday night Bundesliga matches (all home) and have won the last two. Bayern have won all three of their competitive games on a Friday this season.
    • 54'
      Mainz have done well to claw their way back into this game a bit early in the second half, not spending as much time defending as they were for the latter stages of the first. The next goal will go a long way in determining who comes away with the points, so it's crucial for them to keep building of
    • 56'
      Ancelotti looking a bit pensive as he watches on from the technical area. His side have done well to turn it around after a sluggish start, but they're struggling to create as they continue a fruitless search for the third goal that would surely put this game to bed.
    • 58'
      Possession is resting more and more in the hands, or the feet rather, of Bayern, as they start to park themselves in attack once again. This really has turned into a tactical chess match. Mainz are going to bide their time as they defend the 1-2, before likely turning it on in the final 20 minutes a
    • 62'
      SI L. Öztunali SO Y. Mallı
    • 62'
      A first change for Mainz sees winger Levin Oztunali on to reshuffle the attack, with centre-half Alexander Hack the one to give way. Positive swap here from Schmidt.
    • 64'
      STAT: Mainz have lost their last four home games against Bayern – they have never lost five straight matches in Mainz against a particular top-flight outfit.
    • 65'
      A great challenge from Kimmich at one end sees him snuff out a Mainz attack, before Bayern quickly break the other way. Robben's pace sees him behind the defence and into the area, but Lossl does very well to stick out a hand and poke the ball free.
    • 66'
      SI Douglas Costa SO Y. Mallı
    • 66'
      Bayern make their first change, continuing to limit the minutes for injury-plagued Ribery, as he's replaced by Douglas Costa.
    • 68'
      Mainz have switched to a 4-3-3 following their change, but the extra body in attack has yet to prove effective. A slip in midfield allows the hosts to break, but Onisiwo selfishly tries to take on the Bayern defence on his own, a tough task for even the best of strikers, as the chance comes to nothi
    • 70'
      It's all looking rather comfortable for Bayern as they try to see out this lead. They're not coming under any pressure at all, only really relinquishing possession for brief stints between long spells spent passing the ball around in the attacking half. Mainz need to act now.
    • 72'
      SI D. Latza SO Y. Mallı
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      The hosts make their second change of the night as Danny Latza comes on to replace Fabian Frei.
    • 74'
      STAT: Ancelotti’s men have conceded 14 goals in their last 12 competitive games (one clean sheet; 2-0 vs. Gladbach on matchday eight). They shipped just one goal in their first eight under him.
    • 76'
      Lewandowski concedes a free-kick for a foul on Balogun, then promptly goes into the book, not for the foul but for his reaction following the referee's decision to award what really did look a clear free-kick.
    • 77'
      SI A. Vidal SO Y. Mallı
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      Bayern make their second change of the night as Arturo Vidal replaces Kimmich.
    • 79'
      EXCELLENT HIT! Cordoba with some truly exceptional striker's play up top as he does so well to fend off a pair of challenges before teeing up Latza, who gets all of his strike from 25 yards, but Neuer is up to the task. Latza has never previously scored a Bundesliga goal, so what a moment that would
    • 81'
      SI P. De Blasis SO Y. Mallı
    • 81'
      A final change here for the hosts sees Pablo De Blasis replace Andre Ramalho. Can the tiny Argentine provide the spark Mainz so desperately need?
    • 82'
      PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Bell goes hard into the back of Muller as a free-kick is whipped into the area, rather invitingly, but the referee waves play on! That was an altogether clumsy challenge from the centre-half who may have got away with one there.
    • 83'
      Cordoba slides into the back of Lahm as he tries to win possession back for his side, and that will see him into the book. The yellow card means he will be suspended for the next matchday.
    • 85'
      Bell tugs back cynically on the arm of Lewandowski to halt a break, and that sees him into the book. He's back in the team tonight after being suspended for last weekend's game against Hertha for accumulating five yellow cards.
    • 86'
      STAT: Mainz won 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in March 2016, ending a run of seven straight league losses against Bayern. They have never managed consecutive competitive victories vs. FCB.
    • 87'
      SI Renato Sanches SO Y. Mallı
    • 87'
      The final change of the night sees Thomas Muller replaced by Renato Sanches.
    • 89'
      DEFLECTED WIDE! Costa tees up Robben in the centre and the Dutchman looks to bag himself a brace with the first-time strike, but Bell does well to get a piece of it, deflecting it wide for a corner!
    • 90'
      There will be three minutes added on at the end of this match.

    Line Up

    Javi Martínez
    Douglas Costa



    Bo Svensson
    Hans-Dieter Flick



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 10 13
    Yellow Cards 3 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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