Munich - After 45 minutes of FC Bayern München’s encounter with 1. FSV Mainz 05, it looked as if Pep Guardiola’s side may be in danger of suffering their first Bundesliga defeat in almost a year. Mainz might well have left the Allianz Arena with all three points, were it not for the impact of substitute .
Götze the provider
Following the Germany international's game-changing performance, bundesliga.com users were in little doubt that the 21-year-old’s display merited the Best Player of Matchday 9 award.
The Bavarians had struggled to create many clearcut opportunities in the first period against the Karnevalverein, but that changed when Götze replaced Rafinha at the interval. Five minutes into the second half, the summer signing from rivals Borussia Dortmund set up Arjen Robben to equalise for Bayern.
put the hosts in front moments later, before Götze crossed for Mario Mandzukic to tap in Bayern’s third. Müller then completed the scoring from the penalty spot after Mainz skipper Nikolce Noveski had fouled Bastian Schweinsteiger. Though he did not find the net himself against Mainz, Götze received a mind-boggling 48 per cent of the post-matchday vote, twice as much as Müller.
Reus in third
Third in the vote was Dortmund star . The attacking midfielder took just four minutes to open the scoring for BVB against Hannover, converting from the penalty spot after Hiroki Sakai had brought down Eric Durm. It turned out to be the only goal of the game, however, as Hannover worked their way back into the match and were perhaps unlucky to leave the Signal Iduna Park empty-handed. Nonetheless, Reus received 12 per cent of the vote.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen stopper was fourth in the poll with eight per cent. Leno, who won the Best Player of Matchday 8 award for his heroics against Bayern a fortnight ago, produced another solid performance against 1899 Hoffenheim. There was, of course, a slice of luck about Leverkusen’s victory, with Stefan Kießling’s ‘Phantom Goal’ ultimately deciding the contest.
Last, but not least...
In joint last place were Hamburger SV’s and VfL Wolfsburg’s with four per cent each. Van der Vaart rescued a point for Hamburg against VfB Stuttgart with a composed finish from Maximilian Beister's pass, while Gustavo, who has had a mixed start to his Wolfsburg career, helped Dieter Hecking's team pick up their first away points of the season with the winner against FC Augsburg.
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