Efficient Borussia leave the Opel Arena with 3 points
Robin Quaison’s 18th minute opener was not enough in the end as 1. FSV Mainz suffered a 3-1 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Stefan Lainer (32’), Allassane Plea (78’) and Breel Embolo (79’) provided the goals for the winning team.
Sandro Schwarz made two changes to his starting XI as Kunde Malong got the nod ahead of Ridle Baku and Alexander Hack replaced the injured Jeremiah St. Juste at centre-back.
Mainz started the game in the manner you would expect from a home team chasing its first three points of the season. Captain Danny Latza fired a warning shot in the eighth minute that flew over Yann Sommer’s bar. Allasane Plea had a chance at the other end two minutes later, but also failed to hit the target. Gladbach’s new signing Marcel Thuram then forced a save from Flo Müller with his headed effort from close range (14’). It was during this fast-paced stage of the game that FSV broke the deadlock. Daniel Brosinski floated a free-kick into the area from the left-hand side, which Quaison glanced in to make it 1-0. The hosts were buoyed by their opening goal and the goalscorer could have doubled the lead in the 26th minute but could only find the side netting from a tight angle. Mainz continued to push for a second but it was Borussia who hit back. Our defence failed to deal with a free-kick from the halfway line and Stefan Lainer stabbed home from Plea’s rebounded header (32’).
The Zerofivers did not let their heads drop following this setback but continued to play positive football. Brosinski shot just over the bar six minutes after conceding and Quaison tested Sommer again before half time, but his header was too central. The visiting keeper also denied Karim Onisiwo just before the break and the teams went into the dressing rooms all square.
FSV dominate, Gladbach prevail
The hosts also had the better start to the second half. Brosinski whipped in a cross in the 48th minute but Quaison’s header sailed just wide of the goal. Brosinski threatened again and again and the right-back came close with another free-kick. Mainz were in control as they probed for a chink in the away side’s armor. We very nearly found one in the 65th when Onisiwo headed just wide from another well-timed Brosinski cross.
Schwarz then brought on Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi for his home debut. The Nigerian injected some dynamism into the FSV attack straightaway and he almost converted Danny Latza’s cross. Then, in the closing stages, the visitors proved that football isn’t always fair. Plea’s 78th minute free-kick snuck through Flo Müller’s gloves and all of a sudden it was 2-1. Borussia counter attacked just one minute later and substitute Embolo made it 3-1. Mainz failed to mount a comeback and the game finished 3-1. We face record champions Bayern München away next Saturday afternoon (15:30 CEST).