Bayern Munich mercifully thrashed Mainz 6-1 on Saturday with new boys Benjamin Pavard and Ivan Perisic opening their accounts for the Bundesliga champions.
Despite losing 6-0 last season, Jean-Paul Boetius’ sixth-minute header put Mainz in control. It set them seemingly up for a huge upset against reigning champions Bayern away from home.
Although the early goal proved to be nothing more than a slight bump in the road for a rampant Bayern. They soon pegged one back through Pavard after Perisic teed up the defender for a 36th-minute volley.
David Alaba then scored a brilliant free-kick to put Niko Kovac’s men ahead on the stroke of half-time. The full-back’s strike went into the bottom corner of the net, and left Mainz keeper Florian Muller with no chance.
Perisic, who made his full debut alongside fellow loan signing Philippe Coutinho, then headed in Pavard’s cross to put Bayern two goals up.
While they were in complete control, though, the German giants had no interest in playing it safe and ruthlessly continued threatening Mainz. Their relentless pursuit of goal was soon awarded when Kingsley Coman put away Joshua Kimmich’s corner.
Robert Lewandowski, who signed a new long-term deal on Friday, then got in on the act by scoring in the final 12 minutes. The Polish hotshot has now taken his tally up to six goals in just three Bundesliga games.
Still, though, there was time for a sixth goal when Thomas Muller set-up substitute Alphonso Davies for a close-range finish.
Following their big win, Bayern have now moved up to second in the Bundesliga standings for the moment.
Currently, Kovac’s side have seven points to their name after three games heading into the international break.