Bayern ease past Mainz to go top of Bundesliga

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Bayern ease past Mainz to go top of Bundesliga

Bayern Munich scored three goals in the opening 26 minutes to win 3-1 away at Mainz on Saturday and go two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with their sixth straight win. Top scorer Robert Lewandowski headed in his 22nd league goal in the eighth minute and Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara added two more to lift the Bavarians to 42 points, two ahead of RB Leipzig who face Borussia Monchengladbach later. Bayern's fast start was enough to win the game and Mainz, who cut the deficit on the stroke of half-time through Jeremiah St Juste, rarely threatened although Leandro Barreiro hit the post. They also set a club record with 58 goals in their 20 league games in a boost for interim coach Hansi Flick, whose future at the club is still unclear.