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1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Bayern Munich

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
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,external-link 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 17Boateng
  • 4Costa Santos
  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Mitchell Weiser (FC Bayern München).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. 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.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Gonzalo Jara.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Johannes Geis.

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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