Bayern suffers nightmare 2-1 defeat at Mainz

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm admitted his side suffered a catastrophe in the first-half of their 2-1 defeat at minnows Mainz as the German giants slumped to their first league defeat of the season.

Bayern suffers nightmare 2-1 defeat at Mainz
That'll be Bayern in the black shirts Photo: DPA

Goals by Andreas Ivanschitz and Aristide Bance put the home side 2-0 up at the break in Mainz on Saturday and it could have been worse for Bayern had Bance not hit the bar and missed a couple of glorious chances too.

Bayern attacked hard after the break and Mainz’s Nikolce Noveski turned Bayern sub Thomas Mueller’s shot into his own net to reduce the arrears just two minutes after the restart, but it was not enough.

The defeat was Bayern’s first loss to Mainz in seven league meetings and Lahm, standing in for the injured Mark van Bommel, said his side had gone in with the wrong attitude.

“If you don’t have enough aggression and go into the game with the wrong attitude, it can make things difficult even in Mainz,” said Germany defender Lahm.

“The first half was a catastrophe.”

Two draws and a defeat is not the kind of start wanted by Bayern coach Louis van Gaal who took over in July and replaced Jürgen Klinsmann after he was sacked in April having only been in charge for ten months.

The Dutchman has failed to impress with just two points from three games and, as Klinsmann discovered to his cost, Bayern bosses Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness have limited reserves of patience.

“The way we started is very disappointing,” said van Gaal. “It was a false start. We tried to put it right in the second half, but that’s always too late in football.

“You have to get going from the first minute. I’m asking myself what we did wrong in our preparations.

“You just can’t start the way we did. That was our problem.”

Bayern’s Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger expressed his frustration at a game Munich dominated statistically, but came off second best.

“The match stats all point in our favour again, but we’re not scoring and we’re conceding goals out of the blue,” he said.

“What’s much worse is that in the first half, we failed to show the passion Bayern Munich has to show.”

After the final whistle, Bayern’s glum faces were mirrored by delight from Mainz’s coach and president, whose club only won promotion from the second division last season.

“I’m just so proud of what the team’s achieved, hats off to them,” said Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel.

“It’s a sensational result. I was really pleased with the first half.

“I don’t think Bayern showed up in our penalty area once, and we deserved to lead 2-0.”

Mainz president Harald Strutz was delighted his long wait to beat Bayern Munich was at last over.

“I’ve been President of the club for 21 years, and we’ve finally beaten Bayern now, so that’s very special,” he said.

“We deserved the win. The team performance was just sensational.”

With Bayern already five points behind early league leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04, van Gaal and Munich can ill-afford many more defeats like the nightmare in Mainz.

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.