Bayern thrash Mainz 4-0, Leipzig held by Moenchengladbach
Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben scored a rare right-footed goal in a 4-0 Bundesliga rout of Mainz 05 on Saturday (September 16). Bayern bounced back from last week’s defeat at Hoffenheim with an easy win over a Mainz side that have three points and already look like relegation candidates. Thomas Mueller put the Bavarians ahead in the 11th minute with a shot that took a deflection off Robben. Bayern poured forward and Kingsley Coman contrived to hit the bar from six metres with the goal at his mercy but it was not long before Robben extended Bayern’s lead. The famously one-footed Dutchman was sent clear down the right but, instead of cutting inside onto his left foot in his usual fashion, he placed the ball past Rene Adler with his rarely used right in the 23rd minute.
It was his first right-footed league goal since February, 2015.
Robert Lewandowski, on his 100th Bayern appearance, swept home the third from Mueller’s cross five minutes after the break and added the fourth with a carefully-placed header in the 77th. Bayern and Schalke 04 have nine points from three games, one behind Hanover 96 who beat Hamburg SV 2-0 on Friday. In the evening game, RB Leipzig had midfielder Naby Keita sent off as they twice lost the lead in a 2-2 home draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Timo Werner and Jean-Kevin Agustin gave RB Leipzig a 2-1 halftime lead at home to Gladbach who replied with a Thorgan Hazard penalty. Leipzig, fifth with seven points, missed chances to increase their advantage before a brilliant Lars Stindl shot produced the equaliser for the visitors just after the hour. Leipzig’s frustrating evening was complete when Keita went in dangerously high on Christoph Kramer and the Guinean was given a straight red card.