Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight games as a 3-1 victory at Mainz saw the champions keep pace with the early Bundesliga pacesetters.
Bayern had ground to make up on Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund after they all won before Thomas Tuchel’s side had kicked a ball, but took just 16 minutes to establish a decisive lead as Harry Kane nodded in his ninth of the season after Kingsley Coman’s thunderous opener.
Mainz grabbed an emphatic lifeline before the breakthrough Anthony Caci’s thunderbolt but, seconds after the Frenchman spurned a glorious chance to level in the second half, Leon Goretzka restored Bayern’s two-goal advantage just shy of the hour mark.
Bayern’s sixth victory of the season arrested a three-game losing streak at Tuchel’s former club Mainz and lifted the champions up to third in the table, two points off early leaders Bayer Leverkusen. Mainz remain second from bottom without a win after eight matches.
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What’s next for Kane and Bayern?
Bayern Munich travel to Galatasaray in the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday at 5.45pm, before hosting Darmstadt in the Bundesliga on Sunday at 2.30pm.