Zerofivers fall to Wolfsburg at home
1. FSV Mainz 05 were beaten 1-0 at home despite a spirited performance.
Despite a spirited performance with plenty of chances, 1. FSV Mainz 05 walk away from matchday six empty handed. The Zerofivers were narrowly beaten 1-0 by VfL Wolfsburg in front of 24,303 fans at the OPEL Arena. Marcel Tisserand scored the only goal of the day, heading from Maximilian Arnold’s cross after just nine minutes.
Sandro Schwarz sent his team out in the same 4-4-2 diamond formation system, but was forced to make two changes due to injuries: Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel and Ridle Baku returned to the starting XI in place of Aarón Martin and Danny Latza.
Wolfsburg, meanwhile, began in an attacking 3-4-3 system, which Mainz sought to capitalise on with quick attacking counters. Jean-Paul Boëtius broke into the box in the sixth minute, but was unable to threaten with a weak strike. The visitors did much better with their first attack; Maximilian Arnold whipping the ball into the box for Marcel Tisserand to head past Robin Zentner from close range.
Zerofivers pass up chance to equalise
Despite the early setback, Mainz remained in control of possession, but found no way through the resilient Wolfsburg defence. This visitors proved much more threatening in front of goal, as Wout Weghorst forced a save from Zentner before the M05 keeper held on to the rebound. Mainz’s first real chance to level came on the half hour mark when Kunde Malong dribbled past three players before feeding captain Daniel Brosinski, whose crossed was headed powerfully, albeit too centrally, towards goal by Robin Quaison. Wolfsburg goalkeeper Pavao Pervan was called into action against shortly before the break; once more to deny Quaison attacking a Brosinski cross.
Schwarz swapped Karim Onisiwo for Quaison at the break and will have been pleased with how his side fought their way past Wolfsburg, however the team ultimately lacked the necessary precision in the final third. Zenter saved well from Weghorst once more, before Schwarz made a second his change of the game: Alexandru Maxim coming on for Pierre-Gabriel to add a touch more creativity to Mainz’s attacking efforts. And it was Maxim who had the Zerofivers’ first big chance of the second half; however, his deflected shot rattled the crossbar (68’). Moments later, Szalai missed Brosinski’s cross by a whisker.
Passionate performance yields zero points.
The Zerofivers through everything forward, while Wolfsburg sat deep and waited for the counter. But despite a flurry of late chances from Kunde, Boëtius and Szalai, Pervan just would not be beaten. To make matters worse, head coach Schwarz was dismissed for a second yellow card late on as his side were condemned to a 1-0 defeat.