Ujah brace leads Mainz to victory
Two goals from Anthony Ujah helped the Zerofivers to their tenth Bundesliga victory against Eintracht Frankfurt
A derby win in Frankfurt! Tonight's victory marked the first time that Mainz have won on the road in Frankfurt since November 2012. Man of the match in a hotly-contested duel was Anthony Ujah. The Nigerian bagged two goals (53’, 57’) to lead Mainz to victory. Frankfurt lacked the energy to respond, just three days after their Europa League semi-final defeat to Chelsea. Mainz had plenty of chances to score, and could have added to their tally.
Sandro Schwarz made three changes to the lineup following last week’s 3-3 against RB Leipzig. Pierre Kunde, Anthony Ujah, and Jean-Philippe Mateta started in place of an injured Robin Quaison, Ridle Baku, and Karim Onisiwo, who were both on the bench.
Frankfurt started strong and showed no signs of tiredness. The hosts had their first chance in the third minute. Ante Rebic beat Daniel Brosinski and tried to feed to through to Luka Jovic, but Alexander Hack was there to break up the play. Mainz found their way into the game and had two quick chances: Brosinski’s pass to Jean-Philippe Mateta was cleared by Frankfurt, before Danny Latza’s shot was held by Kevin Trapp (9’). Then it was Frankfurt’s turn again, after a quick counter-attack. Filip Kostic crossed to Rebic, who sent his shot wide over the net (18’). It was a back-and-forth affair in the Commerzbank Arena. Kunde’s shot from distance took a deflection and sailed just wide of the post (21’). The next chance also belonged to the Zerofivers. Mateta set up Anthony Ujah, who was unable to connect fully with the ball, sending it wide (28’). Mateta then took a shot on an angle that was saved by Trapp (39’).
Donati replaces Brosinski – Ujah scores
Giulio Donati came on at halftime for Daniel Brosinski, who finished the half with a bandaged head after colliding with Kostic. This time, Mainz had the better start to the half. Mateta beat David Abraham and set up Ujah, who left Trapp with no chance on a shot from eight meters out (53’). Mateta had a chance after a cross from Gbamin, but Trapp was able to make the save (55’). Two minutes later, Gbamin played it to Ujah who placed it neatly in the far corner (57’). Ujah had a chance to score a hattrick after finding himself one-on-one with Trapp, but slipped and wasn’t able to get off a good shot (60’).
Mainz defended well against the Frankfurt offence and continued to press forward, but lacked a bit of precision in their shots and passes. Frankfurt threw everything they had into offence but weren’t able to create any real chances in front of the Mainz goal. A shot from Da Costa sailed wide (71’), and Mainz didn’t allow any more attempts until late in the game. Müller showed his talent between the posts in the 84th minute with a quick reaction save to keep out a shot from Jonathan De Guzman. Kostic’s attempt on the resulting corner went just wide of the post (85’). At the other end, Boëtius had a chance but also sent his shot wide (87’). Mainz took home a well-deserved win in the Rhein-Main derby—their tenth overall—and now sit on 40 points ahead of next weekend’s final game of the season against Hoffenheim.