Pros 22.09.2022 — 17:20 Uhr

Heavy defeat in friendly against KSC

5-2 loss to Karlsruhe / Burgzorg and Shabani score for Mainz

1. FSV Mainz 05 were heavily beaten in a friendly at the Bruchwegstadion on Thursday by Karlsruher SC. Marvin Wanitzek gave the away side an early lead (2’) and Sebastian Jung then added a second (17’). Delano Burgzorg reduced the deficit after half an hour, however KSC added further goals through Mikkel Kaufmann (34’) and Florian Ballas (44’) in the first half. The second half wasn’t as action-packed, though Karlsruhe still got a fifth goal with 15 minutes to play via Kelvin Arase (74’). Eniss Shabani got a consolation for the Zerofivers in injury time.

Bo Svensson, without five players on international duty including captain Silvan Widmer, went with a 3-5-2 formation. Finn Dahmen began in goal, with Niklas Tauer, Stefan Bell and Alexander Hack in the back-three. Anthony Caci and Danny da Costa started out wide alongside Dominik Kohr, Aymen Barkok and Anton Stach in the centre. Kaito Mizuta partnered Burgzorg up front. Mainz were also without the injured attackers Jonny Burkardt (cut) and Marlon Mustapha (thigh injury).

First half full of goals

It took KSC just two minutes to open the scoring at Bruchweg as Marvin Wanitzek headed in from a cross from the right. At the other end, Burgzorg came close to an equaliser, narrowly missing a Caci delivery (3’). In an even game, Mainz weren’t focused enough at the back and conceded again after 17 minutes. Karlsruhe defender Jung was given too much space in the box and found the back of the net from a few yards out.

Mainz got on the scoresheet after half an hour, with Burgzorg slotting past KSC goalkeeper Kai Eisele (30’). The visitors soon restored their two-goal advantage with a perfect counter-attack. Kaufmann was the man to get their third (34’) and then Ballas got a fourth from a set piece just before half time (44’).

More quiet second period

The second half was a similar story to the first, with Mainz trying to break down a compact away defence, but being restricted to shots from distance. Karlsruhe hit the post with an hour played through Kaufmann and then made it 5-1 after Arase’s excellent solo goal (74’).

Mainz never gave up and Alexander Hack had chances from corners towards the end. Eniss Shabani scored with the final touch of the game, capitalising on a mistake by a Karlsruhe defender. It therefore finished 5-2 against the second-division side, who brought on ex-Mainz man Daniel Brosinski in the closing stages.

The Zerofivers are next in action on Saturday, 1st October in the Bundesliga away to SC Freiburg (15:30).

1. FSV Mainz 05 - Karlsruher SC 2-5

Line-up: Dahmen (65’ Rieß), Tauer, Bell (46’ Leitsch), Hack - Caci (65’ Aarón), Stach (46’ Fulgini), Barkok (65’ Shabani), Kohr (46’ Fernandes), da Costa (65’ Kraft) - Mizuta (46’ Kaygin), Burgzorg (65’ Schmidt)       
Goals: 0-1 Wanitzek (2’), 0-2 Jung (17’), 1-2 Burgzorg (30’), 1-3 Kaufmann (34’), 1-4 Ballas (44’), 1-5 Arase (74’), 2-5 Shabani (90’)

Referee: Tim Waldinger