Bayern Munich beat Mainz 2-Zero for 18-point Bundesliga lead
Bayern Munich continued its march to a record-extending sixth consecutive Bundesliga title by beating Mainz 2-Zero on Saturday.
Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen was held at Freiburg to Zero-Zero, and Schalke misplaced at dwelling to relegation-threatened Werder Bremen 2-1, as Bayern elevated its already commanding lead to 18 factors with 13 video games remaining.
“With the large gap and other teams’ lack of consistency it really would be a small miracle if we were to let it get exciting again,” Bayern defender Mats Hummels stated.
Franck Ribery scored with Bayern’s first effort on objective after a half-hour when Mats Hummels and Sandro Wagner made method to enable his volley from a half-cleared nook fly contained in the put up.
The French winger was mobbed by teammates in celebration. Ribery’s contract with Bayern is up on the finish of the season.
James Rodriguez made it 2-Zero earlier than the break, taking Corentin Tolisso’s cross on his chest and sending the ball inside the proper put up with one other volley.
Another victory ensured Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes improved his document to 18 wins in 19 video games throughout all competitions since returning for a fourth stint in cost in October.
“The win is deserved. But Mainz fought well and put us under pressure at times after the break, and we were too careless in attack,” stated Heynckes, who once more earlier than the sport dominated out extending his contract past the top of the season.
Zlatko Junuzovic scored within the third minute of damage time to stun Schalke and increase Bremen’s possibilities of avoiding the drop.
A mistake from Bremen `keeper Jiri Pavlenka gifted Schalke a 24th-minute lead when he failed to carry onto Yevhen Konoplyanka’s centrally positioned shot. Pavlenka let the ball slip by his fingers.
However, Schalke `keeper Ralf Faehrmann reciprocated by letting Ludwig Augustinsson’s innocent free kick rebound ahead for the lurking Max Kruse to equalize with 10 minutes remaining.
Schalke’s Matija Nastasic had simply been despatched off for his second yellow card.
Then Junuzovic’s late strike dropped Schalke to fourth and lifted Bremen out of the relegation zone on objective distinction from Mainz.
GOMEZ SCORES ON RETURN
Mario Gomez scored on his return to Wolfsburg to earn Stuttgart a 1-1 attract Tayfun Korkut’s debut as coach.
Wolfsburg’s Divock Origi obtained Korkut off to a foul begin when he let fly with a curling shot contained in the far put up, however Gomez equalized within the second half.
“I’d exchange the goal for three points,” the Germany ahead stated.
Korkut was appointed on Monday after Stuttgart parted firm with Hannes Wolf following six defeats in seven league video games. Wolf led the facet to promotion final season and Korkut obtained a cool reception from the Stuttgart followers.
Hertha Berlin got here from behind to attract with visiting Hoffenheim 1-1.
Borussia Moenchengladbach was internet hosting Leipzig later Saturday.