Finnbogason ends Mainz’s winning run
Mainz 05 lost 3-0 to FC Augsburg as Mainz concede two penalties to handballs in the first half
In the third game of the second half of the season, Mainz suffered their first defeat after the winter break away in Augsburg. The home side won two penalties in the first half, both because of alleged handballs, which Alfred Finnbogason converted (8’, 34’). Finnbogason completed his hat-trick in the second half to seal the win for the home team.
In comparison to the 2-1 home victory against FC Nürnberg, Sandro Schwarz made three changes. Moussa Niakhaté came in for the suspended Stefan Bell, whilst Danny Latza and Ridle Baku came in for Levin Öztunali and Kunde Malong in the midfield.
Although there had been heavy snowfall in Augsburg prior to the game, the ground staff had the pitch ready for kick-off. The first chance of the game fell to the home team, as Ji ran down the left wing and crossed the ball into the box and the ball was then deemed to have hit Daniel Brosinski’s hand, even though the ball had deflected off his chest and then onto his arm. Referee Sören Storks decided it was a penalty, without going to VAR. Finnbogason sent Flo Müller the wrong way to give Augsburg an early lead. The Zerofivers found it very difficult to keep hold of the ball, and were always vulnerable to the counter.
The first chance for the visitors fell to Quaison after some good work between Brosinski and Mateta down the right hand side. However, Quaison’s shot was straight at the keeper. However, Augsburg then won a second penalty after a corner brushed Moussa Niakhaté’s flailing hand. Once again, it was a very soft penalty to concede. This time, although Müller went the right way, Finnbogason’s penalty was too powerful and found the bottom left corner. Shortly before half-time, Mainz were forced into a substitution after Danny Latza accidently ran into Moussa Niakhaté during a corner. The midfielder was replaced by Alexandru Maxim. The Zerofivers went in at half-time two goals down.
Augsburg restarted the second half with an aim to counter any offensive play from Mainz 05. The Zerofivers still couldn’t seem to get into the game fully and were giving away many sloppy passes. After some quick interplay and a nice cutback from Morávek, Finnbogason had the ball in the back of the net for a third time. The third goal killed off the away side, who had been trying to get back into the game. Mainz 05 will face Bayer Leverkusen at the Opel Arena on Friday.