Pros 03.08.2019 — 14:20 Uhr

Onisiwo decides first friendly against Metz

FSV impresses during first half – both sides equally matched in second half

Karim Onisiwo's goal saw Mainz defeat Metz 1-0 in their first of two friendlies.

1. FSV Mainz 05 narrowly defeated French first-division side FC Metz in their first of two friendlies on Saturday afternoon. The loan goal was scored by Karim Onisiwo during the first half (36’), during which the Zerofivers were clearly the better of the two sides. Metz found their way into the match during the second half, but there were no more goals to come, despite plenty of chances for both sides.

Mainz knew they would have to put on a convincing performance during the first 45 minutes in Molsheim, with just a week to go before starting their season against 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.The first chance fell to the Bundesliga side. After a cross from Aarón, Onisiwo’s header missed the post by mere inches (14’). The Austrian then found himself on the end of another good chance just three minutes later. The Zerofivers were able to skilfully work their forward out of their own half and secured the midfield. In the opponent’s penalty box, Onisiwo played through to Latza after a pass from Baku, but Latza’s first-timer hit the side netting (17’). After Brosinski’s freekick from 20 metres out hit the crossbar, it was time for the Zerofivers to take the lead in the 36th minute. Latza won the ball back and played through to Onisiwo, who powered his way through the opponent’s defense before chipping it off the crossbar and into the net (36’). Diallo missed the sole chance for the French side half an hour into the match, after sending his shot wide of goal.

Chances for both sides

The second half saw a different match compared to the previous half. Metz were pushing hard early on, with the Zerofivers finding it difficult to build up play. Florian Müller made his first save of the match in the 58th minute after Diallo sent in a shot from 10 metres out. But, Mainz’s first-choice goalkeeper was able to get his arms up in order to prevent the equaliser. Following that, Mainz were able to find their way into the match and had a chance to make it 2-0 after an hour. Baku sent a steep pass to Onisiwo, whose shot was saved by Metz’s goalkeeper Oukidja (63’).

The match opened up as both sides started strong. Müller was left with no chance against Boulaya, but his shot from the edge of the 18-yard box went just wide of the left post (70’). Maxim had a go from 18 metres after a backheel from Boëtius, but his shot was saved by Oukidja (78’). The French side then had another chance to score the equaliser. Three minutes later, Boulaya found himself wide open in the Zerofiver’s box but wasn’t able to beat recent substitute Finn Dahmen on the one-on-one (81’). In the end, the score remained 1-0 as Mainz were able to deservedly win the first of two matches on the day. The second 90-minute match will kick off at 13:30 CEST (live on 05er.tv).

Mainz 05: Müller (73‘ Dahmen) – Brosinski, Bell, Niakhaté, Aarón – Fernandes (73‘ Tauer), Baku, Latza, Maxim, Boëtius – Onisiwo

Goal: Onisiwo (36‘)