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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Franck Ribéry (33')
  • James Rodríguez (44')

Bayern Munich go 18 points clear with comfortable win over Mainz

DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images

Bayern Munich continued their march towards a record-extending sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with a 2-0 win at Mainz on Saturday.

Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen was held 0-0 at Freiburg, and Schalke lost 2-1 at home to relegation-threatened Werder Bremen, as Bayern increased an already commanding lead to 18 points after 21 games.

Franck Ribery scored with Bayern's first effort on goal after a half-hour when Mats Hummels and Sandro Wagner made way to allow his shot from a half-cleared corner to fly inside the post.

The French winger, whose contract with Bayern is up at the end of the season, was mobbed by teammates in celebration.

James Rodriguez made it 2-0 before the break, taking Corentin Tolisso's cross on his chest and sending the ball inside the right post.

Another win ensured Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes improved his record to 18 wins in 19 games across all competitions since returning for a fourth stint in charge in October.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 30 +50 70
2 Borussia Dortmund 29 +32 66
3 RB Leipzig 30 +34 61
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 +23 52
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 +12 51
6 TSG Hoffenheim 30 +24 50
7 Bayer Leverkusen 30 +5 48
8 Werder Bremen 30 +10 46
9 VfL Wolfsburg 29 +3 45
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 30 -19 37
11 Mainz 30 -14 36
12 Hertha Berlin 29 -7 35
13 SC Freiburg 29 -11 32
14 FC Augsburg 30 -9 31
15 Schalke 04 30 -20 27
16 VfB Stuttgart 30 -40 21
17 Nurnberg 30 -32 18
18 Hannover 96 29 -41 14