DThe FSV Mainz 05 didn’t really make a big hit on Wednesday evening – but at least it was a point gain abroad. In a duel between two teams fighting to stay in the class, they had to be content with a 1-1 draw at Union Berlin. In view of a more than 45-minute majority and the victory of competitor Düsseldorf, this was ultimately too little – although the Mainz team now has ten points in the second half of the season, one point more than at the same time of the back series.
However, they missed the chance to catch up with Union. “We deserved a better result, but the most important thing is not to lose. We have to work hard next time. The Düsseldorf victory complicates things for us, it’s complicated in the basement, it’s tight down there, ”said Pierre Kunde.
Coach Achim Beierlorzer made four personnel changes after the 0: 5 against RB Leipzig. One of them paid off sustainably in the 13th minute: Leandro Barreiro (“He was the only six after his substitution on Sunday as I had imagined”), instead of the two-way weak Edimilson Fernandes alongside the customer in the defensive midfield , Marvin Friedrich took the ball five meters in front of the Berlin penalty area, let Robin Quaison send it straight into the penalty box, took the ball directly – and the flat back pass promoted Ridle Baku to 1: 0 in goal.
The lead was deserved because Mainz were defensively stable and had better offensive approaches than Union. However, they caused the setback themselves: A mistake by Florian Müller in a harmless free kick by Marcus Ingvartsen led to the equalization. The goalkeeper had moved into the middle without need, the ball landed in the goalkeeper corner (33.). The game flow of the 05s that had previously stalled was finally gone. The fact that Mainz found him again at the start of the second round was also due to the yellow-red card against Robert Andrich from Berlin (42nd).
Without shining playfully, Mainz gained an overweight after the change of sides, had more possession of the ball, won more duels, but could not prevail decisively against the Berlin defensive. The best chance was that of Jean-Philippe Mateta, who was weak until then, who lifted the ball after 16 seconds from Taiwo Awoniyi via goalkeeper Gikiewicz, but also over the goal (54.). On the other hand goalkeeper Müller prevented the Union victory in the 90th minute after a free kick. “If you play 50 minutes out of numbers, you like to take a point with you. It was not a treat, it was a relegation battle, ”Union defender Marvin Friedrich said.