Winless run finally ends
The Zerofivers beat Werder Bremen 2-1 and put in a very strong all-round performance.
The Zerofivers had to wait a long time for this moment, to party with their fans again. On the final whistle of matchday 10, the Mainz players enjoyed their time on the pitch with the fans as their winless run came to an end. Sandro Schwarz’s team fully deserved their 2-1 victory over SV Werder Bremen on Sunday. “It is important that the boys are happy because it shows them that when they put in such a committed and passionate performance like today, they get rewarded,” said a satisfied Rouven Schröder.
It was down to a very strong Zerofiver’s attack that beat the opponents, who were one of the leading teams in the Bundesliga. Even the Werder head coach had to appreciate it. “We knew that we would play against a strong team, who are very organised and had not picked up results in recent weeks even though they had been playing well. Nobody wanted to hear that before the game but that is how it was,” said Florian Kohfeldt.
124 kilometres ran in Werder game.
The fact that Werder were able to get back into the game and Claudio Pizarro scored was down to the fact that Werder brought on all their attacking players. Therefore, the Mainz players had to put in a top effort and had to fight in order to keep the three points. “We really suffered in the last 20 minutes. It really went the whole way,” said Schwarz. Some of the players had already played a full 120 minutes of the cup game and during the game against Werder, the players ran a total of 124 kilometres. “We had to survive the last ten minutes of the game but they didn’t have any clear cut chances,” said Schwarz, who changed his team to a 4-1-4-1 formation. “Daniel Brosinski was exhausted. We considered changing him but we got the hard-running Jean-Paul Boëtius to support him.” Philipp Mwene was not in the squad having picked up an injury in training.
“We are happy with the victory but also how we got the victory. We were also happy to be able to celebrate with the fans after the final whistle,” said the head coach. From the 70th minute onwards, we did not switch the play enough in order to bring calmness to the pitch. “With their goal, we had to reorganise. That is normal. Nevertheless we continued with our strong defensive performance and deserved the victory.”
Until then, it had been a strong performance in all aspects of the game. The 05er played good football, let the ball do the running, defended well and had control over the game. "Good positional play and security at the back is what looked good today," said Schwarz. "We were always present in the box, around the box, we chased after second balls, counter-pressed well and we just had to score one more goal, which was possible."
Schwarz: "Carry on from this"
Mainz made their first big chance after just ten minutes. After an impressive quick counter attack, Jean-Philippe Mateta hit the crossbar, although Aarón Martín, who played the pass to Mateta, was in an offside position. Martín's contract meanwhile has automatically been extended until 2023 after he made his tenth competitive appearance for Mainz. Mateta was the man who put Mainz ahead, taking advantage of a mistake from Werder defender Niklas Moisander. The Frenchman finished off Brosinski's cross to give Mainz the lead. Kunde Malong then had a shot saved from a narrow angle by Pavlenka, who also denied Stefan Bell. Danny Latza then missed a header to make it 2-0.
"We started the second half well, got another goal and had full control of the game," said the Zerofivers' coach. Six minutes into the second half, Jean-Philippe Gbamin received a pass from Brosinski, drove into the penalty box and placed his shot in the near corner to make it 2-0. Latza had the chance to seal the win after some good work by Karim Onisiwo, but couldn't take his chance.
"Now the important thing is to carry this on," demanded Schwarz. "The team has a lot of potential. If we manage to fulfil our potential and continue to work hard, while doing what we did today, we will be able to win more games."