Pros 28.01.2019 — 16:53 Uhr

Brosinski’s historic goal and record breaking assist

The Mainz right-back scored from the penalty spot on Saturday as the 05ers scored their 23rd Bundesliga penalty. Brosinski is also now holds the club record for the most assists (20). However, the current league standings do not change his priorities.

Daniel Brosinski celebrates his sixth Bundesliga goal on Saturday against Nürnberg.

A goal from the penalty spot and an assist for the winning goal: Daniel Brosinski was the hero and matchwinner in 1. FSV Mainz 05’s first home match of 2019 on Saturday. The 05ers secured a 2-1 home victory against 1. FC Nürnberg despite the right-back suffering a dead leg in a sixth minute collision with teammate Stefan Bell. “That was painful for a short while,” said the 30 year-old after the match.  “He was in the right place at the right time and successfully made the crucial pass for the second goal. Maybe he should play with a dead leg more often,” chuckles 05ers head coach Sandro Schwarz after his side’s victory.

Brosinski was full of humour when asked about the first half incident with his captain. However, the two 05ers didn’t find it totally funny as both defenders carried knocks for the rest of the match. “Bello obviously wanted to wake me up. I wanted to play the pass but he had other ideas,” said Brosinski. “My right ankle initially felt quite painful and later in the match, my right foot felt numb on a few occasions.”

Former 05ers goalkeeper Mathenia beaten from the penalty spot

Nevertheless, the 05ers full-back was involved in both of the decisive moments in the match. He converted Mainz’s first half penalty to open the scoring before providing the assist for Robin Quaison’s match winning strike. Brosinski also created good chances for Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jean-Paul Boëtius and Bell in the closing stages. Brosinski was also a fault for a Nürnberg goal which was disallowed for pffside. “I wanted to check that the Video Assistant Referee had made the right decision,” said Brosinski, who added that he was breathing heavily as he waited for the decision to be overtuned.

Brosinski was forced to wait for several seconds before taking his penalty, which ultimately gave the hosts the lead. “It took longer because you needed to check whether it was definitely a penalty and whether everything was in place for it,” said the goalscorer, who didn’t complain about how long the wait was. When he eventually did take the penalty, Brosinski sent former Mainz goalkeeper Christian Mathenia the wrong way as the ball glided into the back of the net. “I managed to send him the wrong way,” said the defender, who scored Mainz’s 23rd Bundesliga penalty. The last 05ers player to miss from eleven metres out was Adam Szalai in a 2-1 defeat in Nürnberg in April 2013. This is the only penalty Mainz have missed since they were promoted to the Bundesliga. Brosinski’s match-winning assist to Quaison also broke Yunnus Malli’s and Toni da Silva’s joint club record of 19 assists. Brosinski now has twenty and could add to his tally as the season progresses.

“13 points away from the magic 40 point mark”

Sandro Schwarz’s side have now secured 27 points so far this season and are 16 points clear of the relegation zone. The 05ers are also 13 points clear of the relegation play-off place and are just a point off TSG Hoffenheim, who are currently in sixth place and occupy the final Europa League place. However, Mainz are not thinking about potential European qualification. “We are still 13 points away from the magic 40 point mark,” said Brosinski, who clearly stated what the 05ers ambitions are for this season. “We are Mainz 05. The last two years have showed that we cannot rest on our laurels. We want to do everything we can to secure safety for another reason as soon as possible. After we achieve this, we can start to think about new targets.”

The head coach also doesn’t want to raise expectations on the club and players. However, Sandro Schwarz is thrilled that such a topic is being discussed. “Nothing changes regarding our aims for the season including working hard and improving our style of play. We want to be ready for our next tricky task away in Augsburg on Sunday,” said Schwarz. “We are aware of our current position in the table but this really doesn’t change anything regarding our work and match preparation. Additionally, we saw once more against Nürnberg how difficult it can be to close out matches. We wouldn’t achieve anything from holding a meeting to formulate new targets for the rest of the season. It is now about improving our style of play and continuing to develop in all aspects of the game.”