Rodriguez Bags Hat-Trick as Bayern Storm Back to Bundesliga Summit

By Daily Sports on March 18, 2019

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Bayern Munich took out their Champions League frustrations on Mainz as James Rodriguez claimed his first Bundesliga hat-trick on Sunday in a 6-0 romp to fire the Bavarians back to the top of the table.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac had urged his team to respond following Wednesday's Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool, and Mainz bore the brunt of the backlash at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Rodriguez, on loan until the end of the season from Real Madrid, came off to a standing ovation with 20 minutes to go after arguably his best display in the famous red shirt.

Canadian wunderkind Alphonso Davies, 18, also scored his first Bayern on only his fifth appearance after coming off the bench.

The thumping win saw Bayern reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund, who briefly usurped them with a nervy 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top scorer, claimed his 18th league goal this season by tapping in a David Alaba cross on three minutes with many Bayern fans still searching for their seats.

Leon Goretzka laid on the second goal, chesting down into Rodriguez’s path and the Colombian opened his account on 33 minutes.

French winger Kingsley Coman showed clinical finishing six minutes from halftime as his shot gave Mainz goalkeeper Florian Mueller no chance to make it 3-0 at the break.

Rodriguez wrapped up his hat-trick with two goals in four breathtaking minutes, hitting the top corner past Mueller’s reach on 51 minutes, then chipping the despairing Mainz goalkeeper moments later.

Just 11 minutes after coming on, Davies was rewarded with his first Bundesliga goal, netting the rebound from a saved Lewandowski shot.

Bayern have now scored 17 goals in three league games and have won 13 of their last 14 matches in the Bundesliga. (SuperSport)

•Photo shows Bayern Munich players 

Source Daily Sports

Posted March 18, 2019


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