German Bundesliga
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1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich
Bayern are 14 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga

Arjen Robben's last-minute winner ensured German leaders Bayern Munich ended a successful 2014 with a dramatic victory at mid-table Mainz.

Mainz led when Elkin Soto met a low right-wing cross to fire through the legs of Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.

But their lead lasted 167 seconds as Bastian Schweinsteiger curled a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Neuer superbly denied Mainz midfielder Yunus Malli shortly after half-time before Robben struck from close range.

Bayern, who won the German league and cup double last term, move 14 points clear of nearest rivals Wolfsburg, who host Cologne on Saturday.

With the Bundesliga taking a five-week winter break after this weekend, the Bavarian club have already been crowned as the 'Herbstmeister' - the title given to the side who enter the mid-season point as league leaders.

But Pep Guardiola's side, who have won 14 and drawn three of their 17 Bundesliga matches, were rather fortunate to leave Mainz with maximum points.

Ballon d'Or nominee Neuer is vying with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be crowned as the world's best player and, despite his earlier error for Mainz's opener, showed his world-class quality to deny Malli.

The Mainz midfielder raced clear of the Bayern defence on to Koo Ja-cheol's lofted through-ball, only to see his angled half-volley beaten away by the 28-year-old keeper.

And that save proved pivotal. Netherlands forward Robben netted the winner, in the same week he was crowned Dutch Sportsman of the Year, by converting Juan Bernat's left-wing cross with 30 seconds of normal time remaining.

Bayern return to action when they visit Wolfsburg on 30 January.

Mainz v Bayern Munich
Colombia midfielder Elkin Soto scored his first goal of the season to put Mainz ahead
Mainz v Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger has scored two of his last four Bundesliga goals with a direct free-kick

Line-ups

Mainz

  • 21Karius
  • 18Brosinski
  • 3Wollscheid
  • 2Jara
  • 24Park Joo-ho
  • 6Geis
  • 19SotoBooked at 48mins
  • 15De BlasisSubstituted forPflückeat 81'minutes
  • 11MalliSubstituted forSliskovicat 87'minutes
  • 13Koo Ja-cheolBooked at 60minsSubstituted forDíaz Campbellat 79'minutes
  • 23Okazaki

Substitutes

  • 1Kapino
  • 9Allagui
  • 20Díaz Campbell
  • 22Koch
  • 30Pflücke
  • 32Roßbach
  • 35Sliskovic

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Rafinha
  • 17Boateng
  • 4Dante
  • 18Bernat
  • 31Schweinsteiger
  • 34Höjbjerg
  • 10Robben
  • 19GötzeSubstituted forPizarroat 77'minutes
  • 7RibérySubstituted forWeiserat 90+2'minutes
  • 25Müller

Substitutes

  • 14Pizarro
  • 15Scholl
  • 16Gaudino
  • 23Reina
  • 24Kurt
  • 29Zingerle
  • 30Weiser
Referee:
Felix Zwayer
Attendance:
34,000

Match Stats

Home TeamMainzAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, 1. FSV Mainz 05 1, FC Bayern München 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1. FSV Mainz 05 1, FC Bayern München 2.

Foul by Mitchell Weiser (FC Bayern München).

Johannes Geis (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mitchell Weiser replaces Franck Ribéry.

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Goal!

Goal! 1. FSV Mainz 05 1, FC Bayern München 2. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Daniel Brosinski (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Petar Sliskovic replaces Yunus Malli.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Júnior Díaz (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Gonzalo Jara.

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafinha.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Johannes Geis.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Patrick Pflücke replaces Pablo De Blasis.

Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joo-Ho Park (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Corner, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Conceded by Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg.

Attempt blocked. Júnior Díaz (1. FSV Mainz 05) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johannes Geis with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Júnior Díaz replaces Ja-Cheol Koo.

Corner, 1. FSV Mainz 05. Conceded by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Claudio Pizarro replaces Mario Götze.

Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo De Blasis (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Johannes Geis.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo De Blasis (1. FSV Mainz 05).

Attempt saved. Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a cross.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Joo-Ho Park.

Foul by Dante (FC Bayern München).

Pablo De Blasis (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dante (FC Bayern München).

Gonzalo Jara (1. FSV Mainz 05) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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