Latest Match Results: Bayern Munich scored three goals in the opening 26 minutes to win 3-1 away at Mainz on Saturday and go two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with their sixth straight win.
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski headed in his 22nd league goal in the eighth minute and Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara added two more to lift the Bavarians to 42 points, two ahead of RB Leipzig who face Borussia Monchengladbach later.
Bayern’s fast start was enough to win the game and Mainz, who cut the deficit on the stroke of half-time through Jeremiah St Juste, rarely threatened although Leandro Barreiro hit the post.
They also set a club record with 58 goals in their 20 league games in a boost for interim coach Hansi Flick, whose future at the club is still unclear.
Bayern is back to its old self. Since the winter break, it’s now scored 12 goals in three Bundesliga games while chasing an eighth successive title.
Lewandowski got it started Saturday with a simple headed goal in the eighth minute off Benjamin Pavard’s cross – his 22nd league goal this season – before Thomas Müller and Thiago extended the lead.
The one setback for Bayern was Jeremiah St. Juste’s goal for Mainz at a corner just before halftime. It was the first time Bayern had conceded in a competitive match since Dec. 18.
Bayern eased off after scoring three and offered up some scoring chances which Mainz couldn’t convert.
Mainz is 15th, one point above the relegation playoff spot, and has lost four straight Bundesliga games.
While all eyes have been on new signing Haaland, another 19-year-old Dortmund player has been racking up the goals.
Jadon Sancho scored Dortmund’s opening goal in the win over Union Berlin, his 12th in 18 Bundesliga games this season. The England winger has only failed to score once in Dortmund’s last nine league fixtures.
Haaland made it 2-0 in the 18th minute at a corner to continue his remarkable form.
Dortmund scored five goals for the third game in a row and, encouragingly for a team with a sometime-fragile defense, kept a clean sheet for the first time since Dec. 14.
Bayer Leverkusen’s bid for Champions League football next season will depend on beating teams like midtable Hoffenheim, but on Saturday Leverkusen lost 2-1 after surrendering the lead.
That result makes the positions of the top four – Bayern, Leipzig, Dortmund and Gladbach – more secure in the Champions League spots, especially after sixth-place Schalke drew 0-0 at Hertha Berlin on Friday.
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen stayed in the relegation playoff spot in 16th after a 2-1 loss to Augsburg. Fresh off beating Leipzig last week, Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 with relegation-threatened Fortuna Düsseldorf.