The championship celebration has to wait: FC Bayern missed an early decision in the Bundesliga title race. In a first-class FSV Mainz 05 in all respects, Hansi Flick’s team suffered a deserved 2-1 defeat on matchday 31.
An early goal by Jonathan Burkardt (3rd), owed by David Alaba and Manuel Neuer, and a hit by Robin Quaison (38th) shortly before the break spoiled the Munich team. Robert Lewandowski’s subsequent goal in stoppage time (90 + 4) came too late.
“We made a lot more plans. What happened in the first half was too little of us. That way you can’t go into the game and win. We didn’t create enough opportunities and were punished for our mistakes,” said captain Manuel Neuer. “In the first half, body language wasn’t enough. This defeat hits us hard.”
Followers RB Leipzig can move up to seven points with a win against VfB Stuttgart on Sunday (3:30 p.m.). If the Saxons were defeated, the Flick-Elf would become champions in front of the television.
“I don’t care when we become champions. First of all, I have to digest this defeat today,” said Flick and added: “I assume that we will get another win from the last three games.”
Mainz 05 – FC Bayern Munich: The analysis
The hosts from Mainz switched to five positions compared to the 1-0 away win in Bremen during the week: Da Costa, Hack, Latza, Quaison and Burkardt started instead of Brosinicki, Bell, Kohr, Boetius and Szalai.
Lewandowski returned to the starting line-up for Munich after an injury break of several weeks. His representative Choupo-Moting initially took a seat on the bench. Coman was also allowed to run instead of the last outstanding Musiala from the beginning. And Goretzka slipped into the team for Hernandez, causing Alaba to move from defensive midfield back to the center of the defense.
A change that turned out to be very unfortunate very early on, because Alaba involuntarily served Burkardt the ball on the silver platter after a cross with a head. The newcomer, blinded by the sun, reacted too late, the Mainz striker thanked him – 0: 1 from the point of view of the guests.
Anyone who expected a typical Bayern reaction was disappointed. In the first round, only the five-fives driven by Coach Svensson played, which made life difficult for the Flick-Elf with aggressive offensive pressing and bold attacks.
Mainz shot four times on goal in the first half – more than all four previous opponents of the record champions – and consequently came with a header goal from Quaison to the deserved 2-0 (38th).
Outstanding performance by the 20-year-old Mainz striker – not just because of his early goal. Burkardt proved to be a constant source of unrest for the Munich defensive, dared to do a lot of dribbles and thus initiated some promising attacks by the home side.