Munich - Against all the odds and recent records, Mainz 05 travelled to the Allianz Arena to take on Bayern Munich during a full midweek fixture in the Bundesliga and plundered all three points. Substitute Jhon Cordoba claimed the late winner after Arjen Robben had equalised Jairo Samperio's first Mainz goal, SuperSport reports.
Bayern had dominated the early stages with Mainz having to rely on some superb goalkeeping from Loris Karius who twice denied Arturo Vidal. The visitors started with three centre backs, one of which was Nigerian Leon Balogun.
"The plan was to have three centre backs but to have five strewn across the midfield to stop the attacking Bayern full backs from attacking the spaces behind the midfielders and between the centre backs," he said by way of explanation of the new tactics adopted for this game by coach Martin Schmidt.
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As expected of Bayern they dominated possession but Balogun and his teammates expected this. "We knew they would have loads of possession but we are also very good on the counter and the aim was to make use of any counter attacking options we get."
One of these was what led to the goal when right wing back Giulio Donati was sprung in space behind the Bayern defence and his driven cross into the box was gobbled up by the arriving Samperio at the far post.
As Champions and league leaders, Bayern were expected to rally and duly equalised just after the hour through Robben. Surely Mainz thought they might lose it from then?
"As soon they equalised we all started talking to each other to focus and be determined to get something out of this game. We kept on talking to each other, we weren't going to cave in and allow them to walk all over us. When we got what proved to be the winning goal we felt we had deserved it."
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