5: 2 after 0: 2 – Bayern only turns up after the break
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The record champions made it back to the top of the table with difficulty. After a lousy first half, Hansi Flick’s team got into gear with some delay and ultimately won confidently.
Mith a feat of strength, the title collectors of FC Bayern Munich masterfully averted a crashing false start into the new year against relegation candidate FSV Mainz 05. Coach Hansi Flick was only cursing on the sidelines at 5: 2 (0: 2) on Sunday evening, before he after the goals of Joshua Kimmich (50th minute), Leroy Sané (56th), Niklas Süle (70th) and the twice successful world footballer Robert Lewandowski (76./Fouelelfmeter/83.) was able to celebrate a great Munich catch-up.
The defensively vulnerable Bayern, who had to keep world goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the game with parades, sat back at the top of the table, two points ahead of RB Leipzig.
Inspired by the big back of a chair on the management level and optimally set by the temporary coach Jan Siewert, the penultimate from Mainz, who appeared for a long time, was facing a bang until shortly after the break. The biting, grippy and determined guests initially rewarded themselves with goals from Jonathan Burkardt (32nd minute) and Alexander Hack (44th) for a strong performance in the Allianz Arena.
Captain Danny Latza even had the 3-0 lead in the 48th minute. But world goalkeeper Neuer parried his shot with a great reflex. It was a key moment, then Bayern turned the game – and the Mainz team went under in the great pressure of Munich.
U21 national goalkeeper Finn Dahmen represented the injured Robin Zentner (back problems) in goal for a long time in his Bundesliga debut. Later he was powerless for all goals.
At Bayern, after the short Christmas vacation, the new freshness Flick experienced in training was only seen late. The defensive weaknesses from the final phase of the five-title year 2020 were also noticeable again. For the eighth time in a row you fell behind.
At 0: 1, Jérôme Boateng let himself be duped with a slight bump after a long ball from FSV captain Danny Latza from 20-year-old Burkardt. Then the attacker overcame Neuer with a hard shot. Hack was able to head in almost undisturbed before the break after a free kick by Daniel Brosinski.
Even the return of national player Kimmich to the starting line-up did not provide more defensive stability for the triple winner. Kimmich, who switched to the right defender position at the break, gave the signal for the chase with his header. He completed an attacking move over the later injured Serge Gnabry and Lewandowski with his head.
Then Bayern were in the game. Sané resolutely pulled the ball inside and scored with a precise low shot from 20 meters to make it 2-2. Then the ball ran, the other goals fell almost inevitably.
Nevertheless, the Mainz team proved that they have Bundesliga potential. The new head coach will be presented on Tuesday, as announced by the new sports director Martin Schmidt. “Now we are so far that we are having good talks, the contracts are in place, they have not yet been signed,” said the Swiss on Sky TV. Former Mainz professional Bo Svensson is the favorite for the post.