Bayern beat Mainz to win Telekom Cup

By Jamie Smith 15 January 2017
Bayern beat Mainz to win Telekom Cup

Bayern Munich won their first trophy of 2017 on Saturday, lifting the Telekom Cup after Javi Martinez headed the winner in a 2-1 victory over Mainz.

The Bundesliga champions, who beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-1 on penalties in their semi-final earlier in the day, took the lead in just the fourth minute.

Franck Ribery played a one-two with Thomas Muller and the winger ran clear of the Mainz defence to enter the box and slide in a neat left-footed finish past goalkeeper Jannik Huth.

But Brazilian centre-back Andre Ramalho quickly struck back for Mainz, beating Manuel Neuer with a stunning effort from just outside the penalty area.

Bayern retook the lead in the 11th minute, Martinez powering in a header from a right-wing Joshua Kimmich corner, and Carlo Ancelotti's men held out to win the 45-minute clash and claim the club's third Telekom Cup title.

"It's always nice to win," said goalscorer Ribery. "But it's also important that we played well."

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