What happens when a fußballgott curls a free kicks over the wall and it bangs off the post and into the net just mere minutes after Bayern Munich concedes the opening goal?
Why he gets rewarded with community man of the match honors!
Bastian Schweinsteiger's 23rd minute goal, along with his stellar play were justly rewarded by the voters as they unquestionably selected him their man of the match with an aggregate rating of 4.61. This was Bastian Schweinsteiger's second man of the match in the three matches since he returned to starting duty.
Arjen Robben's game winner at the death of normal time say him receive a just ratings spike, however it was nowhere near enough to unseat Schweinsteiger. The only other standout for Bayern Munich was leftback Juan Bernat who once again was a terror from the left side of midfield, working in tandem with Franck Ribery as the duo attempted to open holes in a very organized Mainz defense.
For the first time in what feels to be many moons, Manuel Neuer received a grade close to average, logging a 3.39 in aggregate. Getting nutmegged is an embarrassing way to concede a goal and while Neuer subsequently played to his normal stellar levels, that moment undoubtedly stood out in the minds of voters.
This was also the first game since the loss of Manchester City where quite a few Bayern Munich players logged ratings below the 3, or average threshold. While Rafinha came in at exactly 3, his fellow defensive counterpart Dante was criticized as they were soundly beaten by the Mainz counterattack enroute to the opening goal. Mario Götze and Claudio Pizarro were almost voted below average as both players struggled for the entirety of the match to link up play and generate offensive impetus from the striker position. Neither had a good game as Mainz solidly controlled the space around their centerbacks and defensive mmidfielders Mitchell Weiser played one minute in stoppage time and received the first incomplete grade of the season.