Pros 26.01.2019 — 19:00 Uhr

Brosinski and Quaison score. Mainz overcome Nürnberg

The Zerofivers earned their fourth win of the season after having many chances in the second half.

Second game of 2019, second victory. FSV Mainz 05 picked up their second three points of the season as they beat FC Nürnberg at home on Saturday afternoon. The 2-1 victory however, was not an easy one. Daniel Brosinski put the home side in the lead in the twelfth minute after Aaron Martin was brought down in the box. Georg Margreitter equalised for Nürnberg just before half-time but Robin Quaison sealed the victory after scoring a tap-in in the 73rd minute after a superb cross from Brosinski.

Head coach Sandro Schwarz named an unchanged team from last week’s starting XI in Stuttgart where they picked up their first three points of 2019. The fit-again Danny Latza replaced Issah Abass on the bench.

The first shots of the game fell to the Zerofivers with Pierre Kunde Malong having two long-shots blocked in the first few minutes of the game. Mainz had started the game well and were bringing the game to Nürnberg. In the 11th minute, a mazy dribble from left-back Aaron Martin was brought down in the box by FCN captain Hanno Behrens. Referee Bastian Dankert pointed to the spot immediately and Daniel Brosinski converted confidently to score his second goal of the season. The Zerofivers remained optimistic after taking the lead and had a lot of the possession. However, FCN stood firm at the back and put in good tackles as the home side came forward. In the 24th minute, Federico Palacios broke through the Mainz defence but Aaron Martin covered well and tackled the FCN player before he could get close to Flo Müller’s goal. Going forward, Mainz were combining well, with Pierre Kunde pulling the strings from deep and JP Mateta and Robin Quaison making runs forward. In the 43rd minute, Flo Müller denied Pereira Costa, pushing his shot out for a corner. However, from the resulting corner, Georg Margreitter converted into the back of the net from ten metres out. It was a frustrating moment for the Zerofivers as they had been on top. Nevertheless, both teams went in at half-time with the score at 1-1.

VAR, Quaison with the winner

Early on in the second half, Alexandru Maxim replaced Levin Öztunali and the Romanian brought an element of creativity to the pitch. A corner from Maxim found the head of Quaison after a flick-on from Alex Hack but the Swedes header was brilliantly saved at point-black range. Less than a minute later, another great ball from Maxim found Mateta this time but the young Frenchman’s header went wide. Completely against the run of play, in the 62nd minute the away side had the ball in the back of the net. However, the referee resorted to VAR and ruled out the goal for offside. Ten minutes later, the 22,000 fans in the stadium were celebrating, as Quaison had the ball in the net to put the home side in front. A super through ball from Kunde found Brosinski down the flank and he neatly set up Quaison who tapped home. The final ten minutes was full of chances for the home team. Chances fell to Boëtius, Maxim and Latza but they were unable to get the third goal. Nevertheless, after four minutes of extra-time, Mainz had sealed the three points and a well-deserved win. After 19 games, the Zerofivers have 27 points. Mainz 05 will face FC Augsburg next Sunday.