Pros 10.11.2018 — 20:02 Uhr

Mainz claim first away win of the season by defeating SC Freiburg 3-1

Mainz claimed their first away win of the season by defeating SC Freiburg 3-1 at home on Matchday 11.

Mainz claimed their first away win of the season by defeating SC Freiburg 3-1 at home on Matchday 11. The visitors took control of the game from the off, with Jean-Philippe Gbamin and his namesake Mateta scoring in the first 20 minutes. The hosts’ goal came through Roland Sallai midway through the second half, but Mainz once again established a two-goal advantage just minutes later when Karim Onisiwo fired home.

Sandro Schwarz selected the same team that beat Werder Bremen last time out, staying faithful to the adage ‘never change a winning team’ in the Schwarzwald-Stadion.  There was a change on the bench however, with fit-again Philipp Mwene coming in for Gaetan Bussmann.

The 05ers took the momentum of last weekend’s home win against Werder Bremen with them into the game at the Schwarzwald-Stadion. From the off, Mainz put the pressure on and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal in just the sixth minute. Gbamin collected the ball from Daniel Brosinki about 25 yards out, found some space and lashed it home – a sumptuous strike that left Freiburg’s goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow with no chance. The Ivorian midfielder has now scored in back-to-back Bundesliga games for the first time in his career, while Brosinski’s assist meant he had set up the 05ers’ last four goals at that point. Mainz were in control, with strong shots from Kunde Malong and Mateta testing Freiburg’s keeper. This pressure eventually paid off in the 18th minute, when Mateta headed Jean-Paul Boetius’ cross into the top right corner, his second goal in two consecutive games.

Freiburg Coach Christian Streich reacted by changing to a 3-5-2 formation, which made the game somewhat more open and gave the hosts a chance going into half time. Robin Zentner was on hand between the sticks to make a strong reflex save from Nicolas Höfler’s header in the 27th minute, but chances were otherwise few and far between as the halftime whistle blew, with the 05ers taking a deserved lead with them into the locker room.

The hosts pile on the pressure after the interval, but Onisiwo secures a Mainz win

The visitors again emerged the better of the two sides after the break. Boetius found Mateta with a quick free kick, but his effort was just wide of the near post. Just a minute later, Quaison almost scored in bizarre circumstances, as Schwolow dropped a routine catch at the Mainz striker’s feet, but the Swede couldn’t react in time to shoot.  Zentner was tested a couple of times by a more inspired Freiburg attack in the following minutes, saving a header from Dominique Heintz and watching on as Höfler’s header struck his right post. Eventually, Freiburg’s increased pressure paid off, as Freiburg substitute Sallai scored to give the hosts a lifeline.

Despite the hosts looking increasingly dangerous, the 05ers struck at the perfect moment to restore their two-goal cushion, just three minutes after Freiburg got their goal. After a Mainz corner wasn’t dealt with, Onisiwo picked up the ball on the edge of the box, and with a bit of good fortune and skill, rounded the defence and squeezed his shot in to claim his second Bundesliga goal. From then on, Mainz saw the game out despite constant Freiburg pressure to claim a deserved three points.

Mainz now have 15 points from 11 games. Their next game comes after the international break in two weeks time, when the 05ers welcome Borrusia Dortmund to the OPEL Arena on the 24th November.