Zerofivers draw 1-1 in charity match vs. Kaiserslautern
Total of €150,000 raised for victims of flooding / Schmift and Huth on the scoresheet
“Together for sport” was the motto as 1. FC Kaiserslautern and 1. FSV Mainz 05 met for a charity match at the Stadion Oberwerth in Koblenz on Saturday afternoon (14:00 CEST). Proceeds from the match were donated to help victims of the flooding in Rheinland-Palatinate earlier this year. Danny Schmidt and Elias Huth scored as the match ended in a 1-1 draw, but the final result took a backseat to the charitable cause. A total of €150,000 were raised during the course of the match, which will be donated to help support sports clubs affected by the catastrophic flooding in the region.
Ahead of the game, Mainz president Stefan Hoffmann and Kaiserslautern chairman Markus Merk took the time to thank those in attendance and reiterated the importance of not forgetting the catastrophic flooding that hit the region this year. Head coach Bo Svensson had included seven players from the U19s in his squad, as several first-team players are away on international duty. Academy striker Danny Schmidt started for the Zerofivers, as did Anderson Lucoqui, who moved from the left side into the centre of defence, together with Stefan Bell.
Dahmen saves, Schmidt scores
Kaiserslautern started well, recording a quick trio of chances through Alexander Winkler (7’), Philipp Hercher (9’) and Muhammed Kiprit (14’). Mainz goalkeeper Finn Dahmen did well to make several saves in the opening minutes. As the match progressed, Mainz found their footing and didn’t need long to open the scoring. Dominik Kohr linked up with Marcus Ingvartsen inside the opposition area and found Schmidt, who tapped home the opener (22’).
Schmidt almost doubled the Mainzer lead shortly after scoring the opener, the 18-year-old’s attempt on the turn only finding the post (25’). As the half went on, Mainz controlled the game more and more. The third-tier opponents only created two more chances, both of which the FSV goalkeeper Dahmen was able to match (35’, 45’), so that the Zerofivers went into the break with their 1-0 lead intact.
Seven U19s make appearances in the second half
Mainz retained their dominance at the start of the second period, creating the first chance of the half through Anton Stach (56’), the midfielder’s dipping effort seeking to catch FCK keeper Spahic out, but being prevented by the angle. The Red Devils created a good chance through Mike Wunderlich a couple of minutes later, with a free kick from the 35-year-old hitting the side netting (60’).
Bo Svensson brought on fresh legs from the bench in the game’s closing stages. Finn Müller, Eniss Shabani, Lasse Wilhelm, Maarten Klöppel, Malik Makey and Dennis Kaygin were all able to get first-team minutes and performed well for Mainz. The game entered a quiet phase with little to trouble either goalkeeper until Kaiserslautern equalised four minutes from time. A long-range effort was deflected into the net by Huth to make it 1-1. A minute later, Finn Dahmen saw red as he handled an underhit backpass. It was the final action of a game which was much more about the occasion than the result.
The game in numbers
FSV Mainz 05 1–1 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Mainz starting XI: Dahmen; Aarón (63‘ Müller), Lucoqui (63‘ Wilhelm), Bell, Brosinksi (72‘ Makey); Stach (63‘ Shabani), Kohr (89‘ Rieß), Papela; Schmidt, Boetius (72‘ Kaygin), Ingvartsen (72‘ Klöppel)
Goals: 1-0 Schmidt (22‘), 1-1 Huth (86‘)
Red cards: Finn Dahmen (88‘, Handball)