Jersey Swap: Bojan Krkic. He didn’t go the full 90’ but his goal early on completely changed the makeup of this game. He finished with three shots total and while he flubbed a chance to make it 3-1, he still played admirably. Mainz would be wise to make the loan from Stoke permanent.
Tip Of The Cap: Kingsley Coman. The young Frenchman, an early sub for Franck Ribery, came into this game and did his best to make his mark. His dribbling, pace and surprisingly powerful shot very nearly gave Bayern the lead and kept Mainz on their heels. With more minutes and perhaps a few starts, he’ll regain the confidence and the chemistry with his teammates and really soar for Bayern.
Golf Clap: Thomas Muller. He couldn’t get on the scoreboard, but he was constantly harassing the Mainz defense with deft runs in the box and alert passing on the attack. With three shots on goal and three passes that led to shots on goal, Muller did a fine job today inter-playing with teammates clearly exhausted from the 120’ affair in Madrid.
Standing Ovation: Thiago Alcantara. Once again, Thiago showcased his box to box skills both in his own end and on the attack. He had a very impressive eight interceptions of Mainz passes and chipped in two shots on target. What really set him apart was his goal in the 72’ that saved the point for Bayern. It was a beautiful goal in which he dribbled past two Mainz defenders and went far post to beat the keeper. It was also exactly what Bayern needed it appeared to breathe new life into the Bayern attack.
Meister Of The Match: Arjen Robben. After going the full 120’ less than four days earlier, it is a marvel at how the 33 year old was even able to lace his boots for this game. Not only did he get the nod from Carlo Ancelotti, he played as if he was freshly rested for a week or more. Six shots, five passes that led to shots on goal, a goal of his own and an assist on Bayern’s only other goal just tell part of the story of his game. His unending speed and dribbling ability would be unreal even for a player 10 years his junior. He even switched over to the left side on occasion just to show he could and did admirably there as well. While many Bayern players were sucking wind for 93’, Robben was chugging along urging the team not to lose focus through sheer force of will. It wasn’t the result he wanted, but it was a great performance nonetheless.