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The Big Lewandowski: Match Awards and Player Rating

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Robert Lewandowski picked up right where he left off with another strong performance against Mainz, but he wasn't the only one to contribute to the strong win.

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Tip Of The Cap: Thiago Alcântara. Again, Thiago continued his role as a box-to-box mid and did not disappoint, turning in a performance that we have come to expect from a player of his caliber. He led the team in tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions on his own end of the pitch, yet also managed to spearhead a counter attack that woke up in the second half. He was eight of nine on long ball passes, while completing close to 91 percent of his passes overall and chipping in two passes that led directly to shots.

Golf Clap: David Alaba. It's hard to imagine that David Alaba is still only 23-years-old. He plays with the composure and sure-footedness of a much more experienced player and he has surely earned the respect and trust of his teammates and management as much of the game seemed to flow through his shoes. He led the team with 135 touches and a whopping 126 passes, absolutely dominating the midfield in an above average if not unspectacular performance. That he managed to do all of that while not shirking his defensive responsibilities is more than deserving of a place on the awards.

Standing Ovation: Kingsley Coman. Bayern manager Pep Guardiola seems to have a lot of faith in the 19-year-old French international as Coman continually gets his number called. He can expect to continue to get his number called if he turns in performances like the one he had today. Yes, he made a few passes to nowhere, that's to be expected of a player so young. However, he dribbled, crossed, and ran through a fairly solid Mainz 05 defense on his way to drawing a penalty, grabbing an assist and scoring a goal of his own. With Douglas Costa on the other flank, Bayern fans could be seeing a wingman tandem of Team CoCo replacing the Robbery duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Meister Of The Match: Robert Lewandowski. Though he will probably never again equal his five-goal-in-nine-minute performance against Wolfsburg, Lewy continued his strong form with another multiple goal performance, bullying the Mainz back line and making keeper Loris Karius earn his paycheck. His precision strikes on his two goals put the game away, but it was his overall skill with the ball at his feet that makes him such a special player. He can't really be pigeonholed into one particular position on the pitch, he excels in so many phases of the game. We could be witnessing the next winner of the Ballon d'Or.