First pre-season loss in friendly against Regensburg
The Zerofivers narrowly fell to the second division side after 120 minutes
Mainz 05 suffered their first pre-season loss as well as allowing their first goal against in Sunday afternoon’s friendly against Jahn Regensburg. After goals from Max Besuschkow and Marco Grüttner (penalty), the Zerofivers were able to get one back after Danny Latza got on the end of a cross from Jonathan Meier but fell to a 2-1 defeat after 120 minutes on the SV Heimstetten grounds in Kirchheim bei München.
After sitting out the match against Rayo Vallecano, new signing Edimilson Fernandes made his first appearance for the club. The second-division side—who start their season this upcoming weekend, two weeks earlier than Mainz—had control of the game to start and continued to threaten in front of Mainz’s goal. As the game progressed, Mainz upped the pressure by controlling the build-up of play and found their way into promising positions. What was clear to see within Mainz’s game play were the principles the team have been working on in training over the last few weeks. What Sandro Schwarz’s side were missing was the precision within the final third. Too many deep passes failed to find their targets, leading to few good chances on net. Mainz’s best chance came during the first half through Jean-Philippe Mateta, who hit the crossbar after a pass from Ridle Baku.
Quaison misses the equalizer – Latza halves the deficit
Regensburg had a better start into the second 30 minutes of the match and remained dangerous on the counter. The second division side took the lead after Müller was unable to get a hand on Okorojis corner, which was then played through by Grüttner with Besuschkow tapping it in from short distance (36’). Shortly after, the Zerofivers could have scored the equalizer. Alex Maxim played through to Mateta and the Frenchman sent it in just in front of net, but Robin Quaison just missed getting a foot on it to make it 1-1. Instead, Regensburg scored again shortly after. Barreiro fouled Grüttner in the box, who then stepped up to take the penalty to make it 2-0.
Both coaches made several changes to start the second 60 minute half. Mainz found their way into the match and picked up a well-deserved goal. Meier sent in a cross which was then volleyed into the back of the net from 10 metres out by Latza (68’). Onisiwo had two consecutive chances (74’ and 77’) before Regensburg were awarded another penalty in the 80th minute after Niklas Kölle took down Derstroff. Like Finn Dahmen in Wednesday’s match against Rayo Vallecano, Robin Zentner stepped up and made the save. In the final quarter of the match, Onisiwo missed two further chances while Omer Hanin made a brilliant save to deny Derstroff. In the end, the match (which was overseen by referee Felix Brych) ended 2-1 in favour of the second division side.
Mainz 05 line up:
Müller (61‘ Zentner, 91‘ Hanin) – Aarón (61‘ Meier), Hack (81‘ Kölle), Bell (61‘ Niakhaté), Brosinski (91‘ Nebel) – Barreiro (61‘ Papela), Baku (91‘ Öztunali), Fernandes (31‘ Latza), Maxim (61‘ Boetius) – Quaison (61‘ Eyibil), Mateta (61‘ Onisiwo)