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Bundesliga: Sorry Mainz Edged by Bayern
Following last weekend’s league win and Champions League win in the midweek, Bayern Munich continued to ease the pressure on coach Niko Kovac with a 2-1 Bundesliga win at Mainz on Saturday, with Thiago Alcantara getting the winner.
Leon Goretzka’s first half volley put the visitors ahead after a sustained period of attacking pressure but Bayern’s defensive frailties were exposed by a fast Mainz break and a Jean-Paul Boetius goal just after half-time.
A draw would have been a disappointing result for Niko Kovac’s men, who went into the game trailing league leaders Borussia Dortmund by four points, but Thiago’s first league goal of the season helped them to a third successive win in all competitions.
Defeat leaves Mainz winless in six and head coach Sandro Schwarz must stop the rot if they are to avoid a relegation battle.