Mateta and Onisiwo score as Mainz secure Bundesliga spot
The Zerofivers defeat Fortuna Düsseldorf to ensure place in 2019-20 season
Mainz 05 picked up a well-deserved 3-1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf at home on Saturday. Jean-Philippe Mateta put his side ahead early, but the guests drew level after a goal from Dodi Lukebakio in the 19th minute. Lukebakio had a chance from the spot in the second half but hit the post. Mainz upped the pressure and pulled ahead thanks to goals from Karim Onisiwo (67’) and Mateta (87’). With the win, the Zerofivers ensured they will stay up for another season.
Mainz made one change to their lineup following last week’s game in Dortmund: Robin Quaison replaced Kunde Malong, with Jean-Paul Boëtius shifting over to the right side.
Ahead of their home crowd, Mainz were looking to secure their spot in the top flight for next season. Things were off to a good start as a cross from Karim Onisiwo landed right in the path of Mateta, who put his team up 1-0 after just 36 seconds. Düsseldorf were unable to mount a counter-attack in the minutes that followed. The partnership of Mateta and Onisiwo came close to getting on the board again, but Mateta’s header missed the net (6’). Mainz kept pushing forward, with Mateta setting up Quaison, who sent his shot over the net from 10 metres out (8’). Düsseldorf’s first chance came in the 14th minute, with Florian Müller making a crucial stop against Lukebakio. But, Müller had no chance the second time against Lukebakio, who tipped it in after Benito Raman played it into the box (19’).
Mainz continued to press forward. Onisiwo was unable to control a cross from Aarón in the 23rd minute, and Quaison came close shortly after but was unable to hit the net from three metres out (24’). Düsseldorf were pushing hard on the counter-attack, but it was Mainz who came close to going into the break ahead, after Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s freekick sailed just wide of the net (41’).
Mainz struggle before Onisiwo steps up
The guests had the first chance of the second half through Dawid Kownacki, but his shot missed the net (53’). Mainz countered quickly, but Onisiwo was stopped outside Düsseldorf’s box. Instead of a Mainz freekick, VAR came into play as the referee awarded Düsseldorf a penalty after a previous handball in the box from Alexander Hack. Lukebakio, who previously scored a penalty against Bayern, stepped up to the spot and hit the post (58’). Next, a goal line clearance from Giulio Donati kept things level (62’). Mainz had trouble finding their way back into the game at the start of the second half. Schwarz reacted by making a change, bringing on Alex Maxim for Hack, and shifting Gbamin to centre-back.
The change seemed to spark the Mainz offence once more. In the 67th minute, a pass found Onisiwo in the box, who scored to make it 2-1. Mateta nearly added another one a few minutes later, but just missed the net (70’). Neither side recorded any chances in the minutes that followed, until Kevin Stöger tested Müller with a shot from distance (84’). Then, in the 87th minute, Mateta struck again. After a pass from Aarón, the striker netted another one to ensure that Mainz are staying up. With 36 points after 30 games, Mainz are currently 15 points free of the relegation zone. The 2019-20 season will be their eleventh Bundesliga season in a row. Next weekend will see the team travel to face Hannover 96.