1. goal
    45'Jeremiah St. Juste
Mainz
1. FSV Mainz 05
Final
13
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
(1:3)
  1. goal
    8'Lewandowski
  2. goal
    14'Thomas Müller
  3. goal
    26'Thiago
  1. goal
    8'Lewandowski
  2. goal
    14'Thomas Müller
  3. goal
    26'Thiago
  4. goal
    45'Jeremiah St. Juste
  1. yellow card
    57'Jeremiah St. Juste
  2. yellow card
    87'Jean-Paul Boëtius
  3. yellow card
    89'Danny Latza
Mainz
1. FSV Mainz 05
Final
13
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
(1:3)
  1. yellow card
    65'Leon Goretzka
  1. yellow card
    57'Jeremiah St. Juste
  2. yellow card
    65'Leon Goretzka
  3. yellow card
    87'Jean-Paul Boëtius
  4. yellow card
    89'Danny Latza
  1. substitution
    33'Danny Latza for Pierre Kunde
  2. substitution
    72'Karim Onisiwo for Leandro Barreiro Martins
  3. substitution
    75'Ádám Szalai for Jean-Philippe Mateta
Mainz
1. FSV Mainz 05
Final
13
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
(1:3)
  1. substitution
    65'Serge Gnabry for Thomas Müller
  2. substitution
    65'Coutinho for Leon Goretzka
  3. substitution
    90'Corentin Tolisso for Perišić
  1. substitution
    33'Danny Latza for Pierre Kunde
  2. substitution
    65'Serge Gnabry for Thomas Müller
  3. substitution
    65'Coutinho for Leon Goretzka
  4. substitution
    72'Karim Onisiwo for Leandro Barreiro Martins
  5. substitution
    75'Ádám Szalai for Jean-Philippe Mateta
  6. substitution
    90'Corentin Tolisso for Perišić
Mainz
1. FSV Mainz 05
Final
13
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
(1:3)
Stadium/AttendanceOpel Arena, Mainz33305 viewers
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Workmanlike Reds down Mainz and go top

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FC Bayern beat FSV Mainz 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, reclaiming top spot in the table. Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and Thiago handed Bayern a three-goal lead, Jeremiah St. Juste pulling one back for the hosts before half-time. The second half was long on aggression but short on chances, and Bayern wrapped up a comfortable win.

The Bavarians started with Manuel Neuer in goal and Benjamin Pavard, Jérôme Boateng, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies in a back four. Joshua Kimmich, Thiago and Leon Goretzka featured in midfield, with Müller and Ivan Perišić out wide and Lewandowski up front. Philippe Coutinho and Serge Gnabry took over from Goretzka and Müller midway through the second half, Tolisso coming on for Perišić in the closing stages.

Impressive first half

The 33,305 full house in Mainz saw Bayern in the driving seat, and Lewandowski rewarded their dominance when he expertly dispatched Pavard's pinpoint cross. The hosts were reeling, Munich often finding themselves in acres of space and enjoying plenty of time on the ball in the final third. Bayern extended their lead when netminder Robin Zentner denied Lewandowski, Goretzka poking the loose ball back for Müller to slot home.

Mainz had not gone absent without leave, Ridle Baku hitting the post, but Thiago soon sidestepped three defenders and crowned his solo run with a piledriver into the far corner of the net. Bayern eased off now, Levin Öztunali firing over the bar before St. Juste pulled one back with a header that found the net with the help of a deflection.

Quiet second half

Perišić miscued a header, Neuer comfortably saving from Barreiro at the other end. Mainz were much more aggressive than in the first half but offered little goal threat, rarely looking like mounting a comeback. A cross evaded Lewandowski before Neuer made a crucial save to deny sub Adam Szalai.

Lewandowski fired wide as Bayern upped the pressure in the closing stages. Quaison hit the post following a corner, but the linesman had raised his flag for offside anway, and match official Bastian Dankert blew for full-time.

The result takes Bayern onto 42 points from 20 matches, two ahead of RB Leipzig, who face Gladbach later on Saturday. The German record champions will retain top spot if Leipzig fail to win. The Bavarians will be back in action on Wednesday, when they entertain Hoffenheim in the DFB Cup Round of 16 before a mouth-watering clash with RB next Sunday.

Live match report for fcbayern.comby Greg Salmen

FSV Mainz - FC Bayern 1-3 (HT: 1-3)

FSV Mainz

Zentner – Baku, Niakhaté, St. Juste, Brosinski – Kunde (Latza 32), Barreiro (Onisiwo 72) – Öztunali, Boëtius, Quaison – Mateta (Szalai 74)

Subs

Müller – Aarón, Ji, Bruma, Mwene, Burkardt

FC Bayern

Neuer – Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies – Kimmich, Thiago, Goretzka (Coutinho 65) – Müller (Gnabry 65), Lewandowski, Perišić (Tolisso 90)

Subs

Ulreich – Odriozola, Cuisance, Zirkzee

Referee

Bastian Dankert (Rostock)

Attendance

33,305 (capacity)

Goals

0-1 Lewandowski (8), 0-2 Müller (14), 0-3 Thiago (26), 1-3 St. Juste (45)

Yellow Cards

St. Juste, Boëtius, Latza / Goretzka

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