MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich thrashed visitors Mainz 05 6-2 on Saturday, with Sadio Mane scoring once and adding two more to go top of the Bundesliga.
Senegal international Mane, who scored in Bayern’s 3-0 Champions League win over Barcelona in midweek, also missed a penalty. Germany internationals Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Leon Goretzka were also on target for Bayern, as were substitutes Mathis Tell and Eric Maxim Chupa-Moting.
Mainz twice reduced the deficit with goals from Silvan Widmer and Markus Ingvartsen and missed a penalty.
The champions are 2 points clear at the top of the league with 25. Union Berlin, who are second with 23, will play Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday. Mainz dropped to eighth place 18.
The Bavarians took an early lead when Gnabry finished off a quick pass in the fifth minute, but Mainz went ahead instantly, with Jonathan Burkardt repeatedly testing Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.
However, it was Bayern who scored again as Musiala slotted home to complete another quick Bayern move.
Musiala, a firm candidate for Germany’s World Cup squad, has now scored seven league goals, the same as Mane, and set up another four.
Mainz came agonizingly close to scoring when Burkardt hit the crossbar and Lee Jae-sung deflected off the post in the 31st minute.
Mane produced a much better rebound moments later, getting in after Mainz’s Robin Zentner had saved his penalty.
Mainz, who had won their previous three games in all competitions, scored a deserved goal in first-half stoppage time when Widmer headed home from a corner after Ulreich had saved the spot-kick to deny Burkardt.
Bayern, who also found the back of the net in the second half through Chupa-Moting and Musiala, did not let go and in the 58th Mane made a great cross and Gorecko headed home. Two more Bayern goals on either side of Ingwartsen’s efforts completed the rout.
(Reporting by Carolos Grohman; Editing by Claire Fallon)