Pros 09.03.2019 — 20:51 Uhr

Mainz suffer an unlucky home defeat to Gladbach

The hosts controlled the play, but didn’t take advantage of their chances and conceded a goal out of nowhere.

1. FSV Mainz 05 lost 1-0 to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening. The visitors had three chances in one right at the beginning of the game, before finally taking the lead just after an hour had been played. Nico Elvedi scored the goal in the 62nd minute. The hosts had earlier failed to capitalise on their dominance and didn’t grab a goal to go ahead. 

Sandro Schwarz made two changes to the team that took on Hertha last Saturday. Jean-Paul Boëtius returned from a ban and replaced Karim Onisiwo, while Daniel Brosinski took Giulio Donati’s place in the side. FSV opted to play with a 4-4-2 diamond formation in the OPEL ARENA.

Florian Müller was called into action also immediately, being tested three times in a row. He first denied Lars Stindl, and then blocked his rebound effort, before finally making a fantastic stop against Denis Zakaria (2’). Mainz then settled and were able to gain a foothold in the match. Stefan Bell put in a dangerous cross for Robin Quaison, which Tobias Strobl managed to clear at the last second (5’). Hereafter, the game petered out somewhat and the next chance came ten minutes later, when Jean-Philippe Gbamin sent a long ball over to Anthony Ujah. He then played in Quaison, who missed the goal by just centimeters.

The Zerofivers continued to spend a lot of time in Borussia’s half, however more often than not the final ball or shot wasn’t good enough. Boëtius saw his shot fly over the crossbar and then Yann Sommer had to make his first save from a long-range, albeit harmless, Levin Öztunali effort. The final chance in the first half for Mainz fell to Aarón in the 31st minute. The Spaniard’s shot was again too wild to trouble Sommer and as a result the two sides went in level at the break, even if Mainz would have been good value for the lead.

05 again dominant, but Elvedi scores

Schwarz’s side started the second half positively and Strobl put in another vital block to deny Boëtius a golden opportunity to score (47’). Action in the penalty areas was a rarity after this, especially as Mainz looked to press Gladbach high in their own half. The visitors then took the lead almost out of nowhere. Their first chance since the second minute came from a short corner, as Thorgan Hazard crossed it deep, Oscar Wendt flicked it back across the goal and then Nico Elvedi stabbed home to make it 1-0 (63’). Mainz still carried on with their game, looking to find an equaliser. The next missed opportunity came as Daniel Brosinski struck a free-kick just over the crossbar. Karim Onisiwo, who had just been introduced to the game two minutes before, then had the best chance to level things up. Danny Latza played it to Mateta, who brilliantly backheeled it through to the Austrian, who couldn’t keep his shot down inside the area (72’).

In the closing stages, the match became a tight affair as both teams failed to carve out many clear chances to score. Despite a valiant effort, the 05ers were unable to find any gaps in the Foals defence as they tried to steal a point late on. The hosts did create one last chance in stoppage time as Mateta played in Onisiwo but he could only fire wide of the goal (90+2'). Mainz remain on 30 points with nine matches to go this season and will turn their preparations to Sunday's clash with record Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München in the Allianz Arena (18:00 CET).