Mainz celebrate superb victory over Freiburg
Mateta and Boëtius brilliant as Bungert made his comeback. Mainz celebrated their third ever 5-0 victory in the Bundesliga.
Mainz 05 were able to end their four game winless run with a superb 5-0 victory against SC Freiburg at the Opel Arena in front of 27,300 fans. Although Freiburg began the game well, a twenty minute period in the first half put the Zerofivers in full control by half-time. The five fantastic goals were scored by: Jean-Paul Boëtius (20’), Jean-Philippe Mateta (26’, 33’, 77’,) and Karim Onisiwo (73’).
Sandro Schwarz made three changes to the team that lost in Bremen six days ago. Club captain Niko Bungert came in for Stefan Bell to make his second start of the season. Giulio Donati and Jean-Philippe Gbamin also came in for Daniel Brosinski and Levin Öztunali.
The first half chance of the game fell to the guests as Pascal Stenzel had a shot from 16 metres out fly over the crossbar (3’). The home side found it difficult to get a grip of the game early on and conceded the next chance of the game too. Flo Müller brilliantly tipped a Janik Haberer effort onto the crossbar (9’). The guests continued to dominate the game for the first twenty minutes of the game, but it was the hosts who found the breakthrough. A poor ball from the Freiburg keeper went straight to Boëtius, who placed the ball into the back of an empty net from around 40 yards out (20’)!
Schwarz then decided to adjust his formation from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 with Kunde Malong playing in the no.10 position and Robin Quaison and Boëtius on the wings. Although the Zerofivers had endured a difficult start to the game, with the formation change, they were able to keep more possession of the ball. The Zerofivers then became extremely efficient in front of goal. Aaron Martin won the ball back before passing to Danny Latza, who set Mateta free on goal, but the young Frenchman was only able to hit the side netting (23’). Only three minutes later, the Frenchman had his goal. After a rapid 50 metre sprint from Boëtius, the Dutchman played it through to Mateta, who confidently took it around the keeper and buried the ball into the back of the net to double the home side’s lead (26’). The third goal came only seven minutes later, with Mateta finding the back of the net again; this time a superb cutback from Aaron Martin setting up the striker (33’). Mainz 05 went into half-time three goals up.
Müller solid, Mainz dominate offensively
Near the start of the second half, Müller found himself having to make a crucial save. After a cross landed on the head of a wide open Stenzel, only a last second save by Müller kept the visitors from getting on the board (50’). Müller was forced to make another lightning-fast save later on, this time pushing Waldschmidt’s shot just wide with the tips of his fingers (63’). Freiburg kept up the pressure, creating chances but lacking the composure to capitalize on them. Coming out of a four-game losing streak, Mainz were looking to secure three points at home and to gain back some self-confidence. Boëtius had a chance to put the game to bed with a shot from distance, but wasn’t able to hit the target (69’).
Instead, the Dutch international picked up another assist after setting up Onisiwo, who deked out Amir Abrashi and placed the ball into the far corner to make it 4-0 (73’). After that, there was no stopping Mainz from pushing forward again as Onisiwo set up Mateta for his third goal of the night, who headed it in from inside the box (77’). With the crowd on its feet, the Zerofivers were well on their way to finding their way back after a recent series of defeats. Freiburg’s last hope of getting on the board came in the 89th minute, but Florian Niederlechner’s shot was no match for Müller, who parried it away. A few minutes later, the final whistle blew. With the win, Mainz completed the league double against Freiburg while also recording their third 5-0 victory since being promoted to the Bundesliga. After 28 games played, Mainz are sitting on 33 points, having moved 13 points clear of the relegation zone ahead of their match against Borussia Dortmund next Saturday (18:30 CEST).