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Return of the Flying Dutchman! Post match awards for Bayern's 3-1 win vs. Mainz

Bayern continue their pursuit of a 5th straight league title, this time from an unfamiliar position in the standings, with a strong win over Mainz. Here are the standout.

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Jersey Swap: Yunus Malli. As tempting as it was to give the jersey swap to Javi Martinez for his dismal performance, that would violate the spirit of the award. It's easy to waive off Mainz's opening goal as merely the product of Javi's gaffe, but that doesn't do justice to the beautiful through ball from Yunus Malli which hit Jhon Cordoba perfectly to bag the game's opening goal. Malli is quickly becoming the best attacking midfielder you've never heard of.

Tip Of The Cap: Thiago Alcantara. Lots of candidates to put here. Mats Hummels and Philipp Lahm both turned in fine performances, but Thiago gets the nod here. Most players have one job to do and if they can do it well, they'll find themselves playing professionally for a good while. Thiago does the job of about 3-4 players and does them all well. His passing was on the money, he intercepted passes and made tackles to maintain possession and breakup several attacks from Mainz.

Golf Clap: Robert Lewandowski. Bagging a brace is usually good enough to get at the top of the awards list. The fact that he checks in here is not a criticism of the rest of Lewandowski's game outside of the two goals but more a testament to two other even stronger performances. He was every bit his clinical striking self, but it was his second goal that stood out the most, coming off a free kick.

Standing Ovation: Thomas Müller. Yes, I know, his goalless streak continues. But if there's one thing that should be taken away from his performance, it's that you don't have to be the one scoring goals to have a massive impact on the game. Throughout the match – until his late sub for Renato Sanches – Müller conducted the Bayern Attacking Philharmonic with great proficiency. He looked more confident in himself than he has in recent matches and it showed. Goal drought be damned. Müller played a heck of a game.

Meister Of The Match: Arjen Robben. Consistently the most dangerous attacker on the pitch throughout the game, Robben had a hand in Bayern's first two goals. His style of flying up the field with reckless abandon did lead a few errant shots and close calls that he could have scored if he had settled down a bit, but that's not him and it worked out pretty well anyway. This was vintage stuff from the aptly nicknamed Flying Dutchman

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