FSV 05 Mainz 0 – Bayern Munich 3

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02/02/13
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 20

0 – FSV 05 MAINZ
3 – BAYERN MUNICH ———— Mueller 41′, Mandzukic 50′, 57′

A lightning flash out of nowhere just before the halftime whistle and two more well-worked goals within a quarter hour of the restart propelled record German champion BAYERN MUNICH to a 3-0 shutout victory over pesky host FSV 05 MAINZ ast the Bavarians continued their march to the historic 50th Bundesliga title unabated.

A brilliant ball into space by Bayern Munich midfielder TONI KROOS allowed international colleague THOMAS MUELLER to collect in space on the right and easily round FSV 05 Mainz netminder CHRISTIAN WETKLO to score his 11th goal in the Bundesliga this season at the 41st minute mark. A fabulous run down the left flank by Austria international DAVID ALABA, the skillful 20-year-old who exchanged double passes with both Kroos and France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY on his creative romp for Bayern Munich, enabled Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC to net the first of his two goals for the Bavarians in the 50th minute. And a wonderful cross from Bayern Munich’s captain and right back PHILIPP LAHM afforded Mandzukic his 14th Bundesliga tally this term via a far post header into a virtually wide-open net just three minutes before the hour.

FSV 05 Mainz fought very hard for the first forty minutes and probably had the better of the chances taken by the two teams over the course of the first half. The home side had a few dangerous shots snuffed out by the Bayern Munich defense while Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER once again showed himself to be in fine form. FSV 05 Mainz could have done with its leading marksman but Hungary international ADAM SZALAI, the 25-year-old striker who was signed from Spanish juggernaut Real Madrid’s nursery club Castilla in January of 2010, was suspended for the match with the visiting Bavarians.

Szalai is enjoying a career year having shot 11 goals in 19 Bundesliga matches for FSV 05 Mainz this term.

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Croatia international MARIO MANDZUKIC, the 26-year-old striker who leads both Bayern Munich as well as the entire German top flight with 14 goals scored this season, looks to control the ball despite the challenge from FSV 05 Mainz midfielder ANDREAS IVANSCHITZ, the 29-year-old veteran who has collected 59 caps and scored 10 goals for the national team of Austria in his career, during the Bundesliga match in front of a sell-out audience of 34,000 spectators at the Coface Arena in Rhineland-Palatinate.
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FSV 05 MAINZ : Wetklo – Pospech, Kirchhoff, Noveski, Zabavnik – Baumgartlinger, Soto (Zimling 62′) – N. Mueller, Ivanschitz, Malli (Risse 46′) – Parker (Caligiuri 84′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba – Martinez, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos (Luiz Gustavo 82′), Ribery (Robben 76′) – Mandzukic (Gomez 76′)

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