Pros 16.10.2021 — 18:50 Uhr

Burkardt’s goal too little too late as the Zerofivers suffer defeat in Dortmund

Haaland scores twice, whilst a better second half performance isn’t enough for Mainz to take anything from the game

Anton Stach made his first start in the Bundesliga.

After three matches without a win in the Bundesliga, Mainz were beaten by BVB on Saturday. The Champions League side won 3-1 at the Signal Iduna Park. In a fairly one-sided first half, Marco Reus put the hosts ahead early in the match, then in the second period, Erling Haaland scored from the spot before putting the game to bed just before the final whistle. Substitute Jonathan Burkardt had pulled one back to halve the deficit, but Mainz’s improvement went unrewarded in the end.

Head coach Bo Svensson made three changes to the side that started the home defeat against Union Berlin. Jeremiah St. Juste was unavailable due to a shoulder injury and was replaced by Moussa Niakhaté, who came on against Union after recovering from a thigh injury. Niklas Tauer came in for Daniel Brosinski and Anton Stach started his first Bundesliga game in place of the suspended Dominik Kohr.

Reus gets BVB off to a flying start – Dortmund dominate

The hosts were on the front foot from the start after kick off was delayed by three minutes. The Zerofivers, playing with a 5-3-2 formation, found themselves under pressure from the off. It took a mere three minutes for Dortmund’s attacking efforts to bear fruit. Thomas Meunier crossed from the right-hand side and, after Mainz’s attempts to clear, the ball dropped to Reus. The 32-year-old didn’t hesitate and lashed the ball into the top right corner, leaving keeper Robin Zentner with no chance (3’).

As the game went on, the home side remained in control and FSV rarely managed to alleviate the Dortmund pressure. They played cautiously and defended deep, waiting for opportunities to counter. Dortmund had 81 percent possession after 25 minutes, but Marco Rose’s side failed to turn their dominance into a high number of goalscoring opportunities. Erling Haaland (8’), Meunier with a low shot (22’) and Brandt (31’) all missed chances. At the other end, Jean-Paul Boetius created a promising moment on the break, but his cross lacked accuracy (42’). Then, just before half time, Mainz had two slices of luck. Zentner saved brilliantly from Haaland, before the Norwegian’s header was cleared off the line by Niakhaté (45+1’), keeping the score 1-0 at the break.

Burkardt pulls one back, Haaland kills the game

Svensson opted for a change at half time and brought on Aarón Martin for Anderson Lucoqui at left-back, but the dynamic of the contest did not change much to start with, even though the Zerofivers had their most promising opportunity in the first few minutes. After a Dortmund attack, Zentner quickly sent Onisiwo through on goal, but he was stopped at the last moment by Manuel Akanji, a tackle that was deemed to be fair. The video assistant referee looked at Dortmund’s previous attack, however, and referee Daniel Schlager eventually awarded them a penalty as the ball had hit Silvan Widmer on the arm. Haaland duly converted, and though Zentner got something on the ball, he wasn’t able to keep it out and prevent the second goal (54’).

After the penalty, Mainz were a bit more incisive and had their best chance after 62 minutes. Leandro Barreiro played the ball over the top for Onisiwo who only had Kobel to beat, but his lob went over the bar. Mats Hummels nearly scored another for Dortmund shortly after, but his header hit the post (66’). Svensson then made three substitutions: Jae-Sung Lee, Alexander Hack and Jonathan Burkardt coming on for Leo Barreiro, Stefan Bell and Marcus Ingvartsen. Mainz tried again to get back in the game, with Boetius forcing Kobel into a good save from just outside the box (76’) before shooting off-target from distance (79’). A few minutes later Burkardt managed better, however. His goal to make it 2-1 (87’) set up a grandstand finish but Haaland settled things in Dortmund’s favour with his second goal of the day in added time (90+4’).

On Friday evening (20:30 CEST) Mainz host FC Augsburg at the MEWA ARENA.