Kane Secures Hat-trick For Bayern Against Mainz

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Distanced from Leverkusen in the title race, Bayern Munich began its cure of confidence in view of the quarter-finals of the Champions League in a month with a demonstration on Saturday at home against Mainz (8-1).

Nine days from the end of the Bundesliga, Bayern returns to seven points from Bayer Leverkusen (57 against 64), which receives Sunday (7.30 p.m.) Wolfsburg at the end of the 25th day.

Xabi Alonso’s men, who have not lost a single game since the beginning of the season, a record series for a German club of 35 matches in all competitions, have three huge jokers in ten matches, to end eleven consecutive seasons of Bavarian hegemony over German football.

After a catastrophic sequence in February, with three consecutive defeats (including one in the league) and only four out of 12 possible points in the Bundesliga, Bayern slowly raises their head.

In their Allianz Arena match against Mainz, 17 days before the 25th, Bayern did not falter despite defeating Lazio Rome 3-0 and two goals from Harry Kane.

As often this season, it was Kane who put the Munichers on the way to victory on Saturday, with a fourth triple in the Bundesliga, after those achieved against Bochum, Darmstadt and Dortmund in the first phase. 

The captain of the English team, who also delivered two assists on Saturday, already reaches 30 goals in the German championship (36 with the six in the Champions League). 

Above all, he only needs 11 (out of the last nine matches) to match Robert Lewandowski’s record (41 in 2020/21).

Leon Goretzka scored a double (19th and 90th+3), while Thomas Müller, already omnipresent against Lazio, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry, back from a long injury, also participated.

The only scare for the people of Munich came from a missile by Nadiem Amiri, a strike flashed at 115 km/h according to the Sky broadcaster, which left Manuel Neuer no chance in the half hour of play.

Until the first quarter-final of the Champions League, whose opponent will be known on Friday, Bayern will go to Darmstadt, receive Borussia Dortmund and go to Heidenheim, to continue its recovery and regain serenity after turbulent weeks.

In the three-way fight for the last two tickets for the next Champions League, RB Leipzig dominated the red lantern Darmstadt (2-0) to return to seven points from Stuttgart (46 against 53) and put pressure on Borussia Dortmund (44 points) who moves to Bremen on Saturday (6:30 p.m.).

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