Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to six points on Saturday when teenage boy Jamal Musiala scored a late winner and sealed a 2-1 comeback win at home against Mainz.
Goals from Kingsley Coman and 18-year-old Musiala in the second half sealed the win behind closed doors at the Munich Allianz Arena after the shocking early Mainz lead.
Bayern are well on their way to winning the German league for the tenth time in a row as runner-up Dortmund drew 1-1 in Bochum.
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann celebrated his 100th Bundesliga victory as a coach and confirmed match winner Musiala, who previously did not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19, has now received a vaccine.
“I’m happy that he has been vaccinated and hopefully we won’t have any more problems in the second half of the season,” added Nagelsmann after Musiala was one of five players quarantined as contact cases last month.
Bayern started slowly at the end of a busy week after the 3-2 win in Dortmund last Saturday and the 3-0 win against Barcelona on Wednesday and secured the sixth win of six in the group stage of the Champions League.
Mainz deservedly took the lead when Karim Onisiwo headed past Manuel Neuer in the 22nd minute, but Bayern scored after a long pass from Corentin Tolisso Coman, who shot past Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner.
Bayern sealed the win with 16 minutes to go when Musiala took his marker out of the game with a great first touch and overtook Hundreds of weights.
Brandt compensation saves Dortmund
Dortmund suffered a Champions League hangover four days after beating Besiktas 5-0 at 1-1 in Bochum.
“It’s not just bad luck, you have to want it,” said winger Julian Brandt, who equalized Dortmund five minutes before the end.
“We had enough chances to win and didn’t use them.”
Jude Bellingham and star striker Erling Haaland missed opportunities for Dortmund before Bochum, who had won three of their four league games so far, deservedly took the lead.
After winger Christopher Antwi-Adjei was fouled in the penalty area, Bochum’s Sebastian Polter converted the resulting penalty to make it 1-0 for the hosts at the break.
Dortmund had not recognized a goal from Marius Wolf when the VAR saw Bellingham sidelined, but the guests breathed a sigh of relief when replacement Brandt equalized.
Domenico Tedesco got off to a successful start as the new coach of RB Leipzig, who after three defeats in the German league in a row went to a 4-1 home game against Mönchengladbach to stop the rot.
Leipzig took the lead with a header from Josko Gvardiol, then striker Andre Silva hit from close range and hit the crossbar.
Gladbach pulled back a late goal from Ramy Bensebaini, but Leipzig secured victory with two stoppage-time goals from Christopher Nkunku and Benjamin Henrichs.
Freiburg cleared fourth place in the table to Hoffenheim, who won a 2-1 away win in the Black Forest when the US defender Chris Richards, on loan from FC Bayern, shot in the head in stoppage time.
After being eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday, Wolfsburg fell for the fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions with a 2-0 home defeat against Stuttgart, who celebrated their first away win of the season.
Stuttgart took the lead one man back when defender Konstantinos Mavropanos fired a great shot and Roberto Massimo was injured.
Wolfsburg’s fans were whistled off at halftime by their own fans.
Stuttgart doubled their lead through striker Philipp Foerster, but the guests missed a penalty when Omar Marmoush hit a chipped penalty attempt on the crossbar.