September 15, 2012
Bayern Munich 3-1 Mainz
Bayern Munich maintained a perfect start to the season with a convincing 3-1 victory over Mainz at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Mario Mandzukic and Bastian Schweinsteiger gave the hosts a two-goal lead within the first 13 minutes, but they were made to sweat when Adam Szalai reduced the arrears from the penalty spot in the 59th minute.
However, Toni Kroos wrapped up victory with practically the last touch of the game as Bayern made it three wins out of three in the Bundesliga.
The 71,000 fans inside the Allianz Arena had barely had enough time to locate their seats before Mandzukic fired Bayern in front.
Thomas Muller, the league's top goalscorer before the weekend, unselfishly turned provider for Mandzukic to join him on three goals for the season with a simple tap-in from close range.
Mandzukic almost moved clear at the top of the scoring charts just three minutes later, but Christian Wetklo was this time on his line to deny him.
Bayern found it all too easy to get in around the back of the Mainz defense and a cross from Holger Badstuber set up Schweinsteiger to make it two with a close-range header in the 13th minute.
After winning their first two games by comfortable margins, Bayern were well on course for yet another parade victory.
But perhaps with their first Champions League tie of the season against Valencia this coming Wednesday on their minds, they started to sit on their lead from as early as the 20th minute.
Mainz was unable to take advantage, though, and as they showed no sign of finding a way back into the game, coach Thomas Tuchel hauled two players off before the interval.
The latter gave Mainz hope from the penalty spot in the 59th minute after Dante went in dangerously on Julian Baumgartlinger inside the area, giving away a penalty.
Bayern had to take the game more seriously again and Mandzukic went close to restoring their two-goal lead when he hit the post before hitting the rebound over.
Mainz was in a more attacking mood too and this made the game open up with Kroos given room to volley in Bayern's third in stoppage time with Javi Martinez the provider from the right.
|1 Manuel Neuer||29 Christian Wetklo|
|31 Bastian Schweinsteiger||15 Jan Kirchhoff|
|28 Holger Badstuber||8 Radoslav Zabavnik|
|17 Jerome Boateng||26 Niko Bungert|
|21 Philipp Lahm||3 Zdenek Pospech|
|25 Thomas Müller||6 Marco Caligiuri|
|4 Dante||14 Julian Baumgartlinger|
|11 Xherdan Shaqiri||4 Nikolce Noveski|
|9 Mario Mandzukic||27 Nicolai Müller|
|39 Toni Kroos||23 Marcel Risse|
|30 Luis Gustavo||10 Maxim Choupo-Moting|
|22 Tom Starke||Andreas Ivanschitz 25|
|14 Claudio Pizarro||Bo Svensson 2|
|5 Daniel van Buyten||Elkin Soto 19|
|8 Javi Martínez||Adám Szalai 28|
|44 Anatoliy Tymoschuk||Nikita Rukavytsya 13|
|23 Mitchell Weiser||Junior Díaz 20|
|36 Emre Can||Loris Karius 21|
|Javi Martínez for Xherdan Shaqiri (76)||Adám Szalai for Marcel Risse (37)|
|Claudio Pizarro for Mario Mandzukic (89)||Elkin Soto for Marco Caligiuri (37)|
|Andreas Ivanschitz for Maxim Choupo-Moting (79)|
|Luis Gustavo (60)||Jan Kirchhoff (40)|
|Niko Bungert (85)|
|· Squads: Bayern Munich | Mainz|