What is Sadio Mané doing there?
Hardly anyone noticed the strange scene of the Bayern star against Pilsen
Created: 10/05/2022 10:16 am
By: Nico Scheck
Sadio Mané also scores for FC Bayern in the Champions League.
Against Pilsen he scored the interim 3:0.
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FC Bayern continues to shoot its way out of the mini-crisis against Viktoria Pilsen.
Sadio Mané also scores.
An action off the field provides a topic of conversation.
Munich – He had already scored in the Bundesliga at the weekend.
Now Sadio Mané followed suit in the Champions League.
In FC Bayern Munich's safe 5-0 win against Viktoria Pilsen, Mané scored to make it 3-0.
In Bayern's 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, the Senegalese finally scored again after five goalless games.
Mané also seemed much more playful, lively and self-confident against Pilsen.
The result: The 30-year-old received the "Man of the Match" award on this premier class evening.
But what hardly anyone noticed: Mané swapped his jersey with his opponent at half-time.
Sadio Mané swaps jerseys with his opponent at half-time
It's part of the game.
After the final whistle, the opponent high-fives and shirts are exchanged.
However, it is unusual for the jerseys to change hands at half-time.
This is what happened at Mané against Pilsen.
Referee Nikola Dabanovic had just whistled for the break when the winger took off his kit - and swapped it with Pilsen player and compatriot Modou N'Diaye.
After the break, Mané came back onto the pitch.
With a new jersey.
Why the exchange had already taken place at half-time remains Mané's secret for the time being.
Bayern followed up in the second half and scored through Leroy Sané (50') and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (59') to make it 5-0.
Mané gives a view of the top game in Dortmund
Has the Mané crisis finally been shelved?
Even before the game against Pilsen, Mané had spoken openly about his initial problems at Bayern.
It's not easy coming to a new country, a new league and a new club, he told uefa.com.
Previously, Bayern board member Hasan Salihamidzic Mané jumped to the side and demanded patience for his star purchase.
It now seems to be paying off.
"The performance was great," enthused Mané after the game at DAZN and revealed: "It was a difficult few weeks for us.
We showed the right reaction.” The Bayern squad will now face Borussia Dortmund next weekend.
"We're expecting a big game and we'll try to do our best and win the game," promised Mané.