October 27, 2018 / 4:10 PM / 22 days ago

Soccer-Bayern edge Mainz 2-1, close gap to leaders Dortmund

MAINZ, Germany, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Champions Bayern Munich cut the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund but were far from impressive in their 2-1 victory at Mainz 05 on Saturday as they made it three wins in three matches in all competitions following their early-season dip in form.

Leon Goretzka put the visitors ahead in the 39th minute after an earlier effort by Thiago Alcantara was ruled out following the use of the video assistant referee.

But Mainz did not have to wait long for an equaliser, with Jean-Paul Boetius slipping into the box to drill in a cross after being left completely unmarked.

Spaniard Thiago got his goal in the 62nd minute and Javi Martinez hit the woodwork a little later as Bayern hung on to their slim lead and the three points.

Bayern are now on 19 points in second place, two behind Borussia Dortmund, who drew 2-2 against Hertha Berlin

The Bavarians have now won all three games in all competitions since club bosses launched a verbal attack on the media last week, blaming them for what they said was unfair reporting during their four-game winless run. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, Editing by Neville Dalton)

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