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Bayern Munich miss chance to secure Bundesliga title after shock defeat at Mainz

Elsewhere, Kylian Mbappe-inspired PSG go atop French League with a 3-1 win

Mainz players celebrate a goal; Credit: Mainz 05 Twitter
By Karthik Raman | Apr 24, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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German giants Bayern Munich missed their first chance to clinch the Bundesliga title after suffering a shock 1-2 loss at Mainz. Victory at Mainz would have secured a ninth consecutive German title for Hansi Flick‘s side. Bayern will now have to wait for RB Leipzig’s game on Sunday to see whether they get their hands on the 31st German league title.

Mainz started the game brightly as Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer was not able to keep Jonathan Burkardt’s shot out of the net in the third minute. The goal helped the hosts build on the powerful start as they hit the woodwork twice in the opening 18 minutes. With the Bavarian defence struggling to cope with the pressure, Neuer produced fine saves to keep the score at 0-1.

However, the home side’s domination paid off when they got a deserved second goal in the 37th minute when Robin Quaison drilled in a header from a freekick. The Bavarians finally started to get a grip in the match but were not able to affect the scorecard. In the injury time, Robert Lewandowski scored his 36th goal of the campaign as a consolation.

PSG go top

In French League, Kylian Mbappe was at his ruthless best as he scored twice to help Paris St-Germain beat Metz. The 3-1 win sent Mauricio Pochettino’s side two points clear at the top of Ligue 1. Lille, which is currently in second, can return top with a win at fourth-placed Lyon on Sunday.

Mbappe got at the end of Ander Herrera’s pass to score a fourth-minute opener. After the break, home side Metz started as the brighter of the two and quickly got themselves on level ground. Fabien Centonze equalised from a header one minute into the second half.

However, the hosts were not able to hold on for long as Mbappe’s deflected strike restored PSG’s lead just before the hour mark. Later, substitute Mauro Icardi scored from the penalty spot to seal the three points.



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