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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 34 +56 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +37 76
3 RB Leipzig 34 +34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +17 58
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +13 55
6 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +12 55
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +12 54
8 Werder Bremen 34 +9 53
9 TSG Hoffenheim 34 +18 51
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 34 -16 44
11 Hertha Berlin 34 -8 43
12 Mainz 34 -11 43
13 SC Freiburg 34 -15 36
14 Schalke 04 34 -18 33
15 FC Augsburg 34 -20 32
16 VfB Stuttgart 34 -38 28
17 Hannover 96 34 -40 21
18 Nurnberg 34 -42 19