FSV defeated in Leipzig
Onisiwo gave Mainz hope before the home side ran away with the game.
The game was an interesting spectacle for long periods before Leipzig ran away comfortable 4-1 winners at the end. A brace for both Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner were enough for a win while Karim Onisiwo halved the deficit for the Zerofivers just before the break, in their best spell of the game.
Sandro Schwarz made two changes from the draw against Hannover 96 with Karim Onisiwo and Levin Öztunali coming in for Jean-Paul Boëtius and Kunde Malong. Robin Quaison took over in the number 10 role while Onisiwo partnered Jean-Philippe Mateta up top.
The home side, who were knocked out of the Europa League in midweek, gave Mainz their first warning after just two minutes as Kevin Kampl took aim from roughly 20 yards but Robin Zentner was there to save. Danny Latza had a chance at the other end only 60 seconds later but Peter Gulacsi was there to block. Marcel Halstenberg had a glaring chance to open the scoring for the home side however his header from the six-yard box went over when completely unmarked. The Zerofivers’ defence did not start the game with their usual organisation and strength. Despite this, Stefan Bell could have opened the scoring at the other end but his header was well saved by Gulacsi.
Leipzig took the lead with less than 15 minutes on the clock. Latza and Aarón gave Kampl too much space to cross the ball and he found Poulsen who prodded home in the far corner. Leipzig doubled their lead only four minutes later and it was Poulsen again who scored his second of the game. Germany international Timo Werner worked the ball well down the left and he squared the ball to Poulsen who simply could not miss. FSV had a lot to do to come back into the game but they gave themselves a great chance in the 38th minute when Onisiwo put his head amongst the boots to bravely head home a great cross by Öztunali. Poulsen had the chance to complete his hattrick before the break as the Mainz defence seemed to uncharacteristically lose concentration in a sloppy first half. Despite this, Mateta had the opportunity to equalise three minutes before the break but Gulacsi was once again there to prevent the goal. Mainz went into the break one goal down but with a chance of getting back into the game in the second half.
More possession but without reward
The Zerofivers started the second half strongly but the home side had the first real opportunity. Willi Orban’s diving header from a Lukas Klostermann cross was a whisker wide of the far post. Onisiwo played a brilliant ball into the box after 60 minutes only for Mateta to be centimetres away from making contact which would have led to a certain goal. The game was open but the visitors had the majority of possession while Leipzig continued to look dangerous on the counter attack. The game was missing clear-cut chances for the majority of the second half as neither side could get a true attacking flow going. Despite this, Mainz continued to look dangerous from set pieces and Daniel Brosinski, who scored the equaliser last weekend, went close to levelling things up with a brilliant free kick that flew inches wide. The next Leipzig goal was tougher to take due to the way it was gifted to them by the away side. Gbamin lost possession in midfield to Diego Demme who played the ball to Werner and he rounded the goalkeeper to score into an open goal.
Schwarz tried to change things up by bringing on Maxim, Ujah and Boëtius in search for a way back into the game. Mateta had a good header that was just over but the Zerofivers were starting to get the feeling that it was not to be. The game was sealed with a counter attack led by Timo Werner, who finished into the top corner to wrap up the game. Mainz have a midweek fixture at home against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday to try and put this defeat behind them.