Brosinski with penalty record, Zentner saves the day
FSV overcome Paderborn and enter the international break with six points
1. FSV Mainz take a deserved 2-1 victory in a hard-fought battle against SC Paderborn on Saturday afternoon. Robin Quaison’s opener was shortly cancelled out by Ben Zolinski in the opening 15 minutes, before Daniel Brosinksi netted what turned out to be the winner from the penalty spot on the half hour mark. Robin Zentner saved the day for the Zerofivers, keeping out Jamilu Collins’ late spot-kick.
Sandro Schwarz made two changes to the side that lined up for the defeat against Wolfsburg, with Levin Öztunali and Karim Onisiwo replacing the injured Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel, und Ádám Szalai. Club captain Danny Latza was only fit enough to start the game on the bench. Mainz made a change of formation, moving away from the 4-4-2 diamond that has been used so often early in the season, changing to a flat 4-4-2 with Öztunali and Boëtius taking up the wing positions.
The game started quickly, with the first chance falling to the hosts. Oliveira Souza’s 20 yard strike was blocked by Edmilson Fernandes for a corner (5’). Mainz managed to take the lead a few moments later. Öztunali’s ball over the top from the left-hand side found Quaison perfectly, who timed his run well and finished past the keeper from close range. The Zerofivers almost doubled their lead immediately, but Onisiwo couldn’t quite control the ball and the chance went begging. Instead, SCP hit back with an instant equalizer. Dräger carried the ball through the midfield, setting up Zolinski who left Robin Zentner with no chance (14’). The goal gave the hosts noticeable momentum, putting Mainz right onto the back foot. The next clear chance at goal came from Sven Michael, whose strike from 20 metres narrowly missed the left goal post (29’). Then the visitors regained their lead a couple of minutes later through Brosinski, after Mainz were awarded a penalty due to Jamilu Collins taking down Öztunali in the penalty area. The vice captain kept his cool from 12 yards and put the ball into the back of the net (32’), earning a Bundesliga record in the process. FSV have now scored 25 penalties in a row, without missing.
The visitors had a number of chances to increase their lead before half time. However, both Kunde (34’, 42’) as well as Quaison, failed to put away their chances.
A thrilling second half – Zentner saves a penalty
Both teams entered the second half unchanged. Paderborn got the first chance of the half once again, with Oliviera Sousa testing Zentner from 20 metres. Four minutes later, the first goalscorer of the day had a chance at the other end to extend their lead, but Quaison’s shot from the edge of the box narrowly missed the target (59’). Paderborn’s goalkeeper Zingerle was tested for the first time this half through Fernandes’ powerful effort, forcing the keeper to make a fingertip save (60’). The next chance fell to the visitors once again, with Baku’s cross finding Quaison, but the attacker failed to hit the target from 10 metres out (69’). Paderborn came close on the 74th minute, as Ritter tried his luck from close range but could only find the side netting.
The Zerofivers created yet another chance in an entertaining second period. Onisiwo’s accurate cross found his strike partner Quaison, who’s close-range header flew over the top of the bar (75’). Out of nowhere came SCP’s biggest chance of the game: Dräger’s cross struck the arm of Brosinski and referee Patrick Ittrich pointed straight to the spot. Collins took up the responsibility of taking the penalty, but Zentner guessed correctly and kept it out with a brilliant stop (79’). The last chance of the game fell to substitute Jonathan Burkardt in the 90th minute but his attempt was inaccurate. However, it made no difference in the end as Mainz secured their second victory of the season and will now head into the international break in mid-table. With only six points on the board, the Zerofivers travel to Fortuna Düsseldorf in two weeks time.