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Boateng unconvinced with the official’s decision on challenge from Mainz striker Burkardt

Jerome Boateng
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Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng was left fuming after the fourth official didn’t give away a foul for a challenge on him from FSV Mainz 05’s striker Jonathan Burkardt that led to the opening goal of the match.

The first goal of the game came in the 32nd minute when Danny Latza fed Burkardt with a tempting long ball. The 20-year-old Mainz attacker won the aerial duel with Boateng before placing the ball into the back of the net.

And while the fourth official was not convinced to declare it as a foul after reviewing the replay on the monitor, Boateng thinks he was pushed by the opponent to win the ball.

“Anyone who watches the scene again could see that it was a clear foul, there are no two opinions,” said Boateng, annoyed by the challenge from Burkardt.

“In this situation, I want to head the ball but the opponent jumps into my back. The size difference does not matter.” He added.

Hansi Flick’s men had an awful first forty-five minutes at the Allianz Arena in which they conceded twice but the head coach made some tactical changes right after the interval. He replaced Boateng and French International Benjamin Pavard with Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka.

The changes did the trick and the Bavarians came from behind to score five goals during the second half of the nail-biting Bundesliga encounter.

Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring for the hosts before Leroy Sane equalized through a sublime strike past Finn Dahmen into the corner. The hosts got the lead through Sule, who came on as a substitute, and Robert Lewandowski added two goals to his tally by scoring the fourth and fifth goal.

This win brought Bayern back to the top of the league table, two points ahead from second-placed RB Leipzig.