Bayern Munich will not be crowned German champions this Saturday, after their defeat in Mainz (2-1). But the trophy could still fall to the Bavarians on Sunday, depending on the result of Leipzig.
Bayern Munich could be crowned Bundesliga champions this Saturday, if they win on the lawn in Mainz. The Bavarians got their feet in the carpet against a willful opponent, who manhandled him throughout the match and logically won (2-1). If Leipzig wins against Stuttgart on Sunday (3:30 p.m.), their ninth consecutive title will have to wait two weeks.
A large opposing domination
The men of Hans-Dieter Flick were picked cold, from the 3rd minute, by a cons well concluded by Jonathan Burkardt, after a big hand fault by Manuel Neuer. Continuing to push, the Mayençais then hit the amounts twice. A goal from Robin Quaison, head from a free kick, finally came to reward their efforts before the break (2-0, 37th).
If there was the best for Bayern in the second half, thanks in particular to the turnover imposed by the coach, Benjamin Pavard’s teammates have evolved far from their usual standards. They nevertheless ended up finding the loophole in the opposing defense, but only in the last minute of added time, thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s 36th goal of the season.
Stuttgart can offer the title to Munich
For Mainz, which has had a difficult season and has long been in the red zone, this success is a godsend which allows it to climb back up to 12th place. They are eight points ahead of 17th place (currently occupied by Hertha Berlin), which will accompany Schalke 04, already relegated to the second division. This is their eighth meeting in a row without defeat.
For Bayern, who are still ten points ahead of their closest pursuer, this disillusion could be quickly forgotten: the Munich residents will still have the opportunity to win the Bundesliga in two weeks, if they win against Mönchengladbach. The coronation could even arrive even earlier, in the event of defeat of Leipzig against Stuttgart (Sunday, 3:30 p.m.).