Mainz vs. Bayern Munich – Match Report – April 24, 2021


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Mainz vs.  Bayern Munich - Match Report - April 24, 2021

Mainz defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 on Saturday and postponed their celebration of the title, which would have celebrated with a victory, while Borussia Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 0-2, with two goals from Erling Haaland, in a duel key for the Champions League.

Bayern, however, could be crowned champions this Sunday if RB Leipzig lose at home to Stuttgart.

Dortmund were only two points behind Wolfsburg and are waiting for what Eintracht Frankfurt will do against Bayer Leverkusen in the fight for the Champions League qualification.

Mainz completed their eighth game against Bayern without losing and once again showed that the team has transformed positively since Bo Svenson came to the bench to fight relegation.

Mainz were the best team this Saturday. In the first half he resorted to high pressure, and in the first twenty minutes he put Bayern in their own field.

The first goal came early, in minute 3, with a half-round shot by Jonathan Burkard from the half moon, after taking advantage of a rebound after an inaccurate clearance by David Alaba.

Manuel Neuer seemed to see the ball very late because, although the shot was quite central and the goalkeeper got to touch the ball with his arm, he was slow to react.

Afterwards, the best chances were from Mainz, with two balls hitting the posts. And, on the 16th, Neuer saved a good shot from Onisiwo.

In 37 minutes came Mainz’s second goal, with a header from Robin Quaison, taking advantage of a free-kick from the left.

Afterwards, the Mainz fell back a bit. In the second half, he handed the ball over to Bayern, who nevertheless had a lot of difficulty arriving clearly and were about to close their first game this season without scoring.

Only in 94 Robert Lewandowski – in his reappearance after a month out – could he score. A goal that came too late, after receiving a ball in the area that hit him a bit of a carom.

With this goal, Lewandowski stayed, with three games to go, four to equal Gerd Müller’s historical record in the Bundesliga, of 40 goals in the same season.

Meanwhile, in the other key game on Saturday, Haaland almost solved Wolfsburg alone. In the 12th minute he opened the scoring, after stealing a ball taking advantage of an imprecise back pass from Wolfsburg and defining with his left foot inside the area.

In 68, in a counterattack and a pass from Mahmooud Dahoud, he made the second; which was the sentence of a game that since 59 Dortmund had had to play outnumbered by the expulsion of Jude Bellingham, for a double yellow.

Union Berlin maintained their aspirations to qualify for the Europa League by defeating Werder Bremen 3-1 with three goals from Finn Joel Ponhapalo.


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