MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich is back on top of the Bundesliga, at least for a day, after it swept Mainz 6-2 with six different scorers to continue its streak of big wins.
Sadio Mane scored one goal and set up two more as Bayern secured their sixth straight win in all competitions, an impressive 25 goals in those games.
Bayern needed just five minutes to take the lead as Mane set up Serge Gnabry for the opening goal. Jamal Musila added a second and Mane scored again, scoring a penalty just before the break.
Mainz had a chance to get back into the game, hitting Jonathan Burkardt’s crossbar and his weak strike penalty tipped over the bar. Sloan Widmer headed in the resulting corner to make it 3-1, but Mainz’s comeback stopped there.
A pinpoint cross from Mann allowed Leon Gortzka to head home for Bayern in the 58th and 17-year-old French striker Mathis Tell added Bayern’s fifth with a deflected shot in the 80th.
Back-up goalkeeper Sven Ullreich – while Manuel Neuer continues to recover from a shoulder injury – soon after gave up the ball under little pressure, allowing Markus Angvartsen to score a consolation goal for Mainz.
The four-goal lead was restored when Eric Maxime Choupou-Moting, the veteran forward who has recently given Bayern much-needed structure in attack, scored in five games after assisting Mosella’s goal. Scored in the 86th for his sixth goal.
Bayern moved two points clear of surprise first-season leaders Union Berlin, who can take top spot if they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday.
Bayern’s focus turns to Inter Milan on Tuesday as the German champions look to complete a record six wins from six in the Champions League group stage.
Leipzig remained a tough team to beat at home after a 2-0 result against Bayer Leverkusen.
Leipzig have won seven consecutive home games under coach Marco Rose since he was appointed in September under his predecessor Domenico Tedesco following a 4-1 defeat at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.
A header from Christopher Nkono and a goal from Timo Werner on the counter attack gave Leipzig the win. Injuries meant Leipzig started with third-best goalkeeper Orjan Nylund but he did little against a Leverkusen side reduced to 16 and one win in six games under new coach Xabi Alonso.
The Felix Nemecha moment
Felix Nemecha has spent much of his career in the shadow of his older brother and team-mate Lucas, first at Manchester City and then at Wolfsburg, but he was the star as Wolfsburg beat Bochum 4-0 in relegation. The threat was defeated.
Felix Nemecha headed home the first goal of his Bundesliga career in the 27th minute and then added a second goal in similar style in the second half.
Riddle Bako and Jonas Vande had the other goals for Wolfsburg, who are unbeaten in six league and cup games.
Bochum failed to establish a Berlin alliance last week.
Waldemar Anton scored in stoppage time from a shot-heeld pass by Thiago Thomas for Stuttgart to beat Augsburg 2-1.