Sunday 22nd November 2020
Before the game against SC Freiburg, Mainz 05 had only scored seven goals in seven games: Then striker Jean-Philippe Mateta scored three goals in the first half. The game is decided early and the Mainz team left the relegation ranks for the first time since the second match day.
Led by the strong SC scare Jean-Philippe Mateta, FSV Mainz 05 celebrated its long-awaited first victory and passed the red lantern on to Schalke 04. Thanks to a hat-trick by the French who tied a three-pack against Freiburg one and a half years ago, the previous bottom of the league won 3-1 (3-0) at the sports club on matchday 8 of the Bundesliga.
Mateta scored in the 2nd, 34th and 40th minute for Mainz, who now have four points on their account. For Mateta it was the goals number six to eight against the SC. The enumerated trainer Jan-Moritz Lichte has given himself a respite through the success. On the other hand, worries are growing in Freiburg – after the seventh game without a win in a row, the SC has only two points more than the FSV. Nils Petersen’s goal (63rd) didn’t change that.
Mainz could have led even higher
During the ghost game in the Black Forest Stadium, the hosts’ defense was still thinking about it, as Mateta had scored his fifth goal of the season after 61 seconds. Only a few minutes later, the attacker, who was again free, had his second goal on the foot, but messed up the ball with an attempted cross pass (9th).
The Freiburg, who missed the Coronavirus-infected South Korean Chang-Hoon Kwon, Amir Abrashi (quarantine after international game trip) as well as Lukas Kübler, Mark Flekken and Janik Haberer, made an incredible number of mistakes on the defensive. Mateta failed in his next big chance at the SC goalkeeper Florian Müller (12th), who was on loan from Mainz. At this point the game could have been decided.
The once again inadequate exploitation of opportunities by Mainzer, who had to do without their yellow-banned captain Danny Latza and the injured Philipp Mwene and Adam Szalai, was the only positive middle of the first half from Freiburg’s point of view. The SC could not have complained about being three or four goals behind.
Petersen makes it exciting again
After about half an hour, after a mistake by Müller, Mateta did not allow herself to be asked again and scored the long overdue second goal. Shortly afterwards, the 23-year-old scored his seventh goal of the season. With the 0: 3 at the break, the terrifyingly weak Breisgauer were still well served.
At the beginning of the second half there was nothing to suggest that Freiburg could catch up. The Mainz team let the hosts take control, but initially it was not dangerous in the FSV penalty area. After an hour the break result passed. This was also due to the fact that Mateta only hit the outside post on his next big opportunity (60th).
Three minutes later there was tension again in the game after Petersen had dusted off. The FSV started trembling, the SC was close to the connection hit several times. At Mainz not much went on the offensive.