Mainz pick up 2-0 win in friendly against Rayo
A well-deserved victory for Mainz 05
1.FSV Mainz 05 took part in their first friendly as part of their summer training camp in the Silberstadt Arena in Schwaz, Austria. Mainz picked up a 2-0 win against Spanish side Rayo Vallecano.
It wasn’t a good day for the Spaniards: the match started with a moment of silence to mark the death of the father of a Rayo player, followed by an unlucky injury to Emiliano Elazquez who had to be taken off the pitch, and finally an early goal for the Zerofivers. Robin Quaison was there to poke the ball into the net after Rayo’s keeper Dimitrievski was unable to keep hold of it (9’). A deflection on a shot from Jean-Paul Boëtius nearly made the scoreline 2-0 (21’).
The match was relatively even, with the Mainz defence being challenged every so often. Moussa Niakhaté prevented Alvaro Garcia from getting off a shot with a well-timed tackle (34’). Things got a bit dicey after Alexander Hack was unable to clear the ball during a Rayo counter-attack before Robin Zentner came up big with a save (37’). One bit of bad news: Cyrill Akono had to be subbed off shortly before half-time with an injury.
Both teams sent out entirely new line-ups onto the pitch for the second half, although it did little to change the pace of the match. Both sides had chances. While the Spaniards sent their shots noticeably wide of the Mainz net, it was a matter of inches for Jean-Philippe Mateta. His shot went just wide of the left post (51’). The same was true of an attempt from Jonathan Burkardt a few minutes later (58’). The second goal was within reach after a long ball found Ridle Baku, but Alberto Garcia was there to stop it (62’).
The Zerofivers took over more control of the match and scored the goal that had been waiting to fall all along. A beautiful set up from Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel was put in by Mateta to make it 2-0 (67’).
The Zerofivers missed a few further chances. Keeper Garcia had to reach to make the save off an Aarón free-kick (72’), and also shut down Karim Onisiwo (79’). The biggest chance on goal for the Spaniards came off a questionable penalty call, but Finn Dahmen kept out Tiago Manuel Dias’ shot (82’). The Spaniards hit the post late in the match (89’), but in the end it remained a well-deserved 2-0 victory for Sandro Schwarz and his team.
1. FSV Mainz 05 – Rayo Vallecano 2:0