Rodriguez bags three for Bayern

Afp, Berlin

18th March, 2019 09:41:28 printer

Bayern Munich took out their Champions League frustrations on Mainz as James Rodriguez claimed his first Bundesliga hat-trick on Sunday in a 6-0 romp to fire the Bavarians back to the top of the table.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac had urged his team to respond following Wednesday’s Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool, and Mainz bore the brunt of the backlash at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Rodriguez, on loan until the end of the season from Real Madrid, came off to a standing ovation with 20 minutes to go after arguably his best display in the famous red shirt.

The thumping win saw Bayern reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund, who briefly usurped them with a nervy 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.