Bayern Munich hardens Mainz and regains the lead

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Defending champions Bayern Munich regained the top of the Bundesliga after reversing two goals to a 5-2 win over penultimate Mainz on Sunday as Robert Lewandowski continued to score.

The Polish striker raised his tally to 19 goals in the league with two goals near the end to make up for Bayern’s late double Jonathan Burkhardt and Alexander Huck in the first half.

Danny Latza missed the opportunity to boost Mainz’s lead by three goals after the break before Joshua Kimmish narrowed the lead from close range in 50′, and then Leroy Sani equalized with a powerful shot low from 20 meters in the 55th minute.

Substitute Niklas Zül turned the match when he gave Bayern a 3-2 lead with a direct shot from inside the penalty area in the 70th minute. Lewandowski strengthened the difference with a penalty kick in the 76th minute to return the best player in the world to score his second and fifth goal for the team in the 83rd minute from a pass by Thomas Muller.

Bayern raised their tally to 33 points from 14 games, two ahead of Razen Bale Sport Leipzig, who beat Stuttgart 1-0 on Saturday.