Pros 09.12.2018 — 19:16 Uhr

Strong performance only rewarded with a point against Hannover

FSV conceded an early goal but fought back well to earn a point against Hannover.

Despite dominating the second half on Sunday afternoon against Hannover 96, FSV Mainz only earned a 1-1 draw. The visitors took the lead after twelve minutes thanks to Hendrik Weydandt, before Daniel Brosinski converted a penalty to give Mainz a deserved point. Anthony Ujah looked to have scored the winning goal in added time, but his header was ruled out for offside.

Sandro Schwarz made no changes to the side that defeated Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-0 a week ago. The Zerofivers began the game well and Daniel Brosinski, who was making his 150th appearance in the Bundesliga, set up the first chance. His cross was met by Jean-Philippe Mateta, who couldn’t beat Michael Esser with his powerful header. Hannover however, were more successful at the other end. After a dangerous cross by Genki Haraguchi, Hendrik Weydandt was free and put the away side into the lead after just eight minutes. Their next chance came less than a minute later, but Haraguchi was unable to double their lead. Mainz were lucky to not be 2-0 down, especially as Weydandt had another chance three minutes afterwards. Kunde Malong had Mainz’s next best chance, but a defender deflected his effort over the crossbar.

There was some controversy in the 23rd minute, as Kevin Wimmer headed Daniel Brosinski’s shot onto his own hand. Referee Robert Hartmann let play continue, before going to re-watch the scene again after advice from the video assistant. Although there were arguments for a penalty, Hartmann stayed with his original decision and didn’t award a penalty. The only real chance after this fell to Hannover’s Haraguchi, who just missed the far post with his effort on 27 minutes. Mainz had more of the play, but found it difficult to create chances, especially as Hannover packed their defence in a 5-3-2 system. Stefan Bell’s header was the last action of the first period, although it was nowhere near the Hannover goal.

Mainz forget about the break in play, but can’t find a winning goal

The second half was one full of action, as well as waves of Mainz attacks. The game was stopped for around five minutes at the start, due to flares let off by the away fans. Danny Latza had the first chance for the Zerofivers on 61 minutes, striking the post with a powerful drive from the edge of the box, leaving Hannover’s keeper Esser stranded. Gbamin’s shot in the 65th minute was too high, but it was Mainz who carried on putting on the pressure. JP Mateta had the next opportunity, but again couldn’t beat Esser with a looping header. Takuma Asano had the chance to seal the win for Hannover in the 75th minute; however Robin Zentner made himself big to prevent the goal and thus kept Mainz in the game.

Mainz wouldn’t give up on the match though and continued to fight for an equaliser. A dangerous cross in the 85th minute eluded everyone in the area. The final stages of the game weren’t for the faint-hearted. In the 86th minute, JP Mateta was brought down in the area and the referee pointed to the spot on this occasion. Daniel Brosinski stepped up and leveled things for the Zerofivers. He had another chance to score minutes later, this time his shot went just over the crossbar though. The winning goal was then seemingly scored by the hosts – Anthony Ujah headed home a delightful diagonal cross from Stefan Bell. The wild celebrations were then cut short by the referee, who had received the information from the video assistant that Ujah was standing in an offside position and thus the scores stayed level. Karim Onisiwo had a header cleared and that was the last of the action. The Zerofivers now have 19 points from 14 games and will travel to face RB Leipzig next Sunday. Three days later, they will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the OPEL-Arena.