Mainz vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned

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Mainz vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned
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Although no titles were collected today, it was sighs of relief and eventual smiles all round for Bayern Munich and their travelling fans as the German champions made hard work of a trip to Mainz with a late 2-0 win on Saturday. 

It was always going to be a tricky affair against a Thomas Tuchel side that has grown to be admired and eventually feared amongst much of the Bundesliga, yet few expected the home side to offer so much against the Bavarian giants. 

The first half is one that will live long in the memory of many Mainz fans as they went toe-to-toe with Bayern and even looked the better of the two sides. With chances from Nicolai Muller and the ever-dangerous Eric Maxim Chupo-Moting questioning Pep Guardiola's right to all three points. 

In fact the breakthrough didn't look like it was coming at all as Tuchel's side dug in for a heavy barrage of attacks in the second half with relative ease, before substitute Xherdan Shaqiri picked out Bastian Schweinsteiger with a wonderful cross, allowing the German midfielder to head home and open the scoring with no more than eight minute to spare. 

Four minutes later it was Mario Gotze's turn, as Franck Ribery skilfully pulled a pass back to the young prodigy in the centre of the Mainz goal to which the forward casually knocked it home. Bayern had their two goals, eventually, and all three points amidst a heartbroken Mainz side who thought they'd done enough.

Here's what we took from today's game. 

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