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FRANKFURT---Jhon Cordoba scored late to
give Mainz a stunning 2-1 upset win at front-
runner Bayern Munich and put some sus-
pense into the Bundesliga season yesterday.
Borussia Dortmund won 2-0 at Darmstadt
ahead of Saturday s showdown at home to
Bayern. If Dortmund wins, it will cut Bayern s
lead from five to only two points.
Cordoba fired home in the 86th minute to
end Bayern s run of 11 straight home wins
this season. He also spoiled the return to the
stadium of former Bayern president Uli Hoe-
ness, who was released from prison two days
ago after serving a sentence for tax evasion.
Bayer Leverkusen fell to its third straight
loss, Claudio Pizarro scoring a hat trick in the
4-1 win on the road for Werder Bremen.
Also, Hertha Berlin consolidated its hold
on third place by beating Eintracht Frankfurt
2-0, Schalke beat 10-man Hamburger SV 3-
2, Hoffenheim beat Augsburg 2-1 and Borussia
Moenchengladbach routed Stuttgart 4-0.
Werder escaped from the relegation zone,
while Eintracht dropped into it.
In Munich, Mainz used a clever defense to
keep Bayern at bay. Although Pep Guardiola s
team as usual had more possession, Mainz
ran a lot and looked for its chance in the
Such a break allowed Mainz to go ahead
in the 26th. Giulio Donati crossed from the
right and Jairo Samperio was left unmarked
at the far post to knock the ball in.
Guardiola started the match with only one
German player---goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Franck Ribery made his first start in a year
and created Bayern s best chance when he
fed Arturo Vidal at the edge of the penalty
area. Vidal s mighty volley was turned away
by Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Bayern pulled level when Arjen Robben fired low
inside the post from about 20 meters (yards) in the
64th. But Mainz remained calm and Cordoba got the
winner. Julian Baumgartlinger shook off Vidal and
crossed for the Colombia striker to drive home past
We knew we would score, but we also knew that we
would concede, Mainz coach Martin Schmidt said. And
we knew how to win here, with an extraordinary defen-
sive performance and with precise counters.
Mainz is now fifth, equal on points with fourth-
Robben said Bayern made mistakes before Cordoba s
goal that shouldn t happen.
But when you win many matches one after the other,
the time will come when you lose one, he said.
Guardiola s team has not looked convincing in the
past few matches in the build-up to the showdown in
Dortmund had few problems in the routine win in
Darmstadt on goals from Adrian Ramos and Erik Durm
in either half.
Everything went our way today, we won and Bayern
lost, Durm said. We can beat Bayern at home.
Pizarro, the 37-year-old veteran, raised his Bundesliga
total tally to 99 goals and is now Bremen s top scorer
of all time, ahead of Frank Neubarth and Rudi Voeller
with 97 each.
Fin Bartels also scored for Werder, while Leverkusen s
only strike was an own goal from Papy Djilododji.
Mainz shocks Bayern in Bundesliga
Mainz's Jhon Cordoba celebrates after scoring his
side's second goal during the German Bundesliga
soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FSV
Mainz 05 at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich,
Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MADRID---Cristiano Ronaldo converted a first-
half penalty to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at
last-place Levante in the Spanish league yesterday,
keeping his team third in the standings.
Ronaldo scored from the spot in the 34th minute,
an own goal by Levante goalkeeper Diergo Marino
added to the lead in the 38th and Francisco Isco
Alarcon sealed the victory in second-half injury time.
Brazilian striker Deyverson scored Levante s goal
from inside the box in the 39th.
The victory helped Madrid rebound from a dis-
appointing home loss to rival Atletico Madrid.
It now has 57 points, four more than fourth-place
Villarreal, which was held to a 0-0 draw at sixth-
place Celta Vigo. Madrid is four points behind Atletico.
Barcelona, with 66 points, plays Thursday.
Ronaldo guides Real
Madrid past Levante
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