21 goals and an unforgettable afternoon
Svensson’s side started their pre-season in style in front of 1500 fans in Geisenheim
FSV Mainz played their first friendly of the summer on Saturday afternoon and gave the amateur side 1. FC Kiedrich an experience they will never forget. Bo Svensson’s side came away 21-0 winners against their partner club. New signings Anthony Caci and Maxim Leitsch made their debuts for the Zerofivers.
It was a feel good afternoon for the 1500 fans inside Rheingau-Stadion on Saturday. They were treated to soaring summer temperatures and a footballing feast. The organisers from both clubs had put on a number of attractions around the ground, such as a football dart board and other activities for the whole family. Before the game, Geisenheim’s mayor, Bernd Helck and sporting director, Martin Schmidt answered questions from Mainz’s Tim Klotz. Helck jokingly said that his only wish was for his side to “get over the half way line once,” and his wish came true after just a few minutes.
Richter opens the scoring and Morr makes a good impression
The Bundesliga side, as expected, quickly took control of the contest. The Zerofivers were led onto the field by Robin Zentner, who incidentally lives in Kiedrich, along with the two new signings Maxim Leitsch and Anthony Caci. Youngsters Enis Shabani, Marc Richter, Kaito Mizuta and Keanu Kraft also started the game. Richter put the Zerofivers ahead with just 60 seconds on the clock (1’) and Ingvartsen doubled their lead just three minutes later (4’). Further goals from Mizuta (15’), Richter (27’), Ingvartsen (32’ 40’) and Kraft (45+1), gave Mainz a 7-0 lead at the break. Left back Caci impressed with three assists.
Kiedrich showed great spirit and threw themselves into every tackle. The amateur side even came close to scoring in the 18th minute, when striker Patrick Veith chased down a clearance and put the ball just past Robin Zentner’s post. The chance prompted cheers and applause from the stands. Morr also impressed in the Kiedrich goal by making some strong saves.
Autographs and selfies after the game
Svensson made plenty of changes in the second half, with only right-back Kraft playing the full 90 minutes. It was quite frankly goals galore in the second half. U23 striker Danny Schmidt scored five (46’ 64’ 72’ 80’ 90’), Merveille Papela scored three (49’66’ 88’) and Edi Fernandes got two (69’ 84’). Youngsters Nelson Weiper (59’ 78’) and Ben Bobzien (70’ 89’) also got a brace apiece. After 14 goals in the second half, FSV won the game 21-0.
The fans came onto the pitch after the final whistle and the players took the time to sign autographs and take selfies. It was a fitting way to round off a fantastic afternoon.
FC Kiedrich vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05: 0-21 (0-7)
Goals: Ingvartsen (3), Richter (2), Mizuta, Kraft, Schmidt (5), Papela (3), Weiper (2), Bobzien (2), Fernandes (2)