Highlights

0:21

WATCH: NIAKHATE: “BURKARDT DESERVES HIS GOALS”

0:21

WATCH: DUDA: “I’M HAPPY WITH THE POINT”

0:23

WATCH: BAUMGART: “I’M SATISFIED”

90'
+ 4

ALL OVER

The spoils are shared after a hard-fought battle at the MEWA Arena. Cologne were on top for long spells, but Mainz were the more dangerous team towards the end and could have snatched a win through chances for Burkardt and Szalai. The result leaves both in the relative safety of mid-table, with Mainz in eighth on 18 points and Cologne in 12th with 15.
Full-time
90'
+ 1

SZALAI VOLLEY!

The big Hungarian lets fly from the edge of the box with a superbly struck volley, but Horn does well to get down low to his left to keep it out!
90'
+ 1

Yellow card

yellowCard
Ádám Szalai
Ádám Szalai
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Karim Onisiwo
Karim Onisiwo33.97km/h
2.
Jan Thielmann
Jan Thielmann33.91km/h
3.
Jonathan Burkardt
Jonathan Burkardt33.27km/h
87'

BURKARDT ALMOST WINS IT!

Cologne's defence is caught cold at a throw-in and Burkardt is lurking to pounce. Just as he's shaping to shoot on his left boot, however, Kilian, produces a huge last-ditch tackle to block it for a corner.
81'

NEXT SUBS FOR COLOGNE

This game is there for the taking and you get the sense that whoever scores next will win it. The visitors are pushing for a goal, and bring on Thielmann and Schaub as they seek a way through.
81'

Substitution

sub
Jan Thielmann
Jan Thielmann
sub
Florian Kainz
Florian Kainz
81'

Substitution

sub
Louis Schaub
Louis Schaub
sub
Ondrej Duda
Ondrej Duda
77'

FRESH LEGS UP TOP

Mainz haven't managed to muster a single shot at goal in this second half, so coach Svensson reacts by taking off Onisiwo for Szalai in a bid to forge a winner in the closing stages.
77'

Substitution

sub
Ádám Szalai
Ádám Szalai
sub
Karim Onisiwo
Karim Onisiwo
73'

ANDERSSON MENACING

For a moment it looks like Andersson might have got the better of his marker and bear down on goal, but he's brought to a halt by a strong recovery tackle from Niakhate.
69'

TALE OF THE TAPE

No quarter being asked or given in this one, with both sets of players thundering into the tackles.
Tackles won
60
61
67'

NEXT CHANGE

Uth makes way for Skhiri, who comes on for his first appearances since 1 October against Fürth following injury.
67'

Substitution

sub
Ellyes Skhiri
Ellyes Skhiri
sub
Mark Uth
Mark Uth

FIRSTS OF THE SEASON

Mainz conceded from a set-piece for the first time in 2021/22, while Özcan's effort was his first in the Bundesliga and also Cologne's seventh headed goal of the campaign, a league best.
60'

DOUBLE CHANGE FOR MAINZ

That early goal has evidently thrown a spanner into the works of Mainz coach Svensson's second-half game plan. He adjusts accordingly by bringing on Stöger and Stach for Boetius and Lee.
60'

Substitution

sub
Kevin Stöger
Kevin Stöger
sub
Jean-Paul Boëtius
Jean-Paul Boëtius
60'

Substitution

sub
Anton Stach
Anton Stach
sub
Jae-sung Lee
Jae-sung Lee
55'

LJUBICIC SETTING THE TONE

A driving run and cross from the Cologne midfielder, breaking through the banks of the Mainz defence to get in a cross from the byline. Zentner is able to collect, but it was a good, purposeful run there from the 24-year-old.
54'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Ondrej Duda
Ondrej Duda
48'

COLOGNE EQUALISE!

That must have been some hair dryer treatment from Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart during the break, as his side emerged onto the field with fire in their bellies. They equalise almost straight away as the unmarked Özcan gets on the end of an Uth free-kick to level the score!
47'

Salih Özcan

GOAL!

1:1
Salih Özcan
46'

BACK UNDER WAY!

Here we go again, no changes from either side at the interval.
Kick-off!
45'
+ 6

HALF-TIME: MAINZ IN FRONT

Cologne will no doubt be feeling frustrated after having 60 per cent of possession and 10 shots on goal to Mainz's six, but it's the hosts who lead thanks to Burkardt's clinical strike. The Billy Goats' task has been made that much harder by an injury to top scorer and star striker Anthony Modeste just before the interval. Can they find a way back?
Half-time
45'
+ 3

Substitution

sub
Sebastian Andersson
Sebastian Andersson
sub
Anthony Modeste
Anthony Modeste
44'

MODESTE LIMPING OFF

The veteran forward is helped off the pitch after picking up an injury in a challenge. He appears to be in considerable discomfort and is shaking his head... it doesn't look like he'll be able to continue.
42'

Yellow card

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Stefan Bell
Stefan Bell
41'

MAINZ IN FRONT!

Burkardt has been quiet for most of the game but he's come to life in these last couple of minutes. He's picks up a position in the inside-left channel again, cuts inside Kilian and places a shot inside the near post!
41'

Jonathan Burkardt

GOAL!

1:0
Jonathan Burkardt
Goal probability
Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
10 %
40'

GLIMPSE FROM BURKARDT

A rare foray forward from Mainz as Burkardt is played into space on the left. He shoots on the run with his left foot, but it's a difficult angle and he drags his effort wide of the far post.
37'

OPENING FOR COLOGNE

A lovely spin and pass from Duda releases Modeste into space down the right. Mainz's back line is wide open and the French forward tries to exploit it by playing an early pass over to Uth, but it's too close to a defender and the hosts clear the danger.
34'

Substitution

sub
Leandro Barreiro
Leandro Barreiro
sub
Dominik Kohr
Dominik Kohr
33'

KOHR LIMPING OFF

The Mainz midfield looks to be in some discomfort after coming off worse in a tackle. He's clutching his right hamstring as he helped from the pitch by a physio, to be replaced by Barreiro.
30'

WIDE FROM KILIAN!

Another must-score moment from Cologne as Kilian is first to an in-swinging corner from the left - but he heads it wide of the post with the goal at his mercy!
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Karim Onisiwo
Karim Onisiwo33.97km/h
2.
Luca Killian
Luca Killian33.24km/h
3.
Dejan Ljubicic
Dejan Ljubicic32.36km/h
29'

OVER FROM ÖZCAN

The Cologne midfielder is allowed to stride forward in a central position. He lines up a shot, but it's deflected and loops up over the bar for a corner.
27'

COLOGNE ON TOP

The Billy Goats are enjoying more of the ball at the moment, even if they're not making much headway in the final third.
Possession (%)
4159
20'

DUDA SURELY!

A great chance for the away side as Duda surges into the box on the left. His first shot is saved by Zentner but the rebound falls right back at his feet. He must score... but blazes over as he leans back from 12 yards out. Cologne really should be in front.

A GLIMPSE OF THOSE COLOGNE SHIRTS...

13'

SETTLING DOWN

After a fast and furious opening 10 minutes, both teams look to have takne a step back and settled into their shape. It's become a battle for supremacy in midfield.
9'

TRIGGER HAPPY

The game is barely nine minutes old and we've already have five shots at goal. Long may it continue!
Goal attempts
2off target
0on target
1off target
2on target
6'

KAINZ HAS A GO!

It's been end-to-end stuff in these opening stages and the next glimpse of goal comes for Kainz, who shoots from the edge of the area, but Zentner is on hand to make the save.
3'

JUST WIDE FROM NIAKHATE!

The Mainz centre-back leaps highest at a corner, but can only direct his header from the edge of the six-yard box just past the far post.
2'

FIRST CHANCE FOR DUDA!

The visitors have started aggressively, pushing high up the pitch. The ball is worked to Duda inside the Mainz area, and he spins his marker and gets a low shot away, but it0s straight at Zentner.
1'

HERE WE GO!

Cologne, kitted out in an all-black number, get the ball rolling.
Kick-off!

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3:02

WATCH: WHO IS JONATHAN BURKARDT?

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This fixture has traditionally gone either way in the past, with Mainz winning eight of the 20 Bundesliga meetings to date, and Cologne taking the spoils on six occasions, with six draws. The Billy Goats returned home with a 1-0 win from their last visit to Mainz, in December 2020.

MILESTONES

Boetius is making his 100th Bundesliga appearance today, while Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn is featuring for the 200th time in Germany's top flight.

TEAM NEWS - MAINZ

Mainz coach Svensson has named an unchanged side in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Gladbach on Matchday 11, doing so for just the second time this season. That means Burkardt and Onisiwo remain up front, with Szalai on the bench.
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WATCH: PITCH INSPECTION

TEAM NEWS - COLOGNE

The Billy Goats have made one change to the side that drew 2-2 with Union Berlin before the international break, as Luca Kilian comes into the back four in place of Timo Hübers. Cologne are yet to win with Kilian in the starting line-up this season (three draws, one defeat), so will be hoping to buck that trend today.

LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK

Following defeats for both Bayern and Leipzig this weekend, Mainz are the team with the longest current unbeaten run in the Bundesliga at three games.
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SNEAK PEAK INSIDE COLOGNE'S CHANGING ROOM

MAINZ STARTING XI

Zentner - Bell, Hack, Niakhate (c) - Widmer, Lee, Kohr, Boetius, Martin - Burkardt, Onisiwo

MAINZ SUBS

Dahmen, Brosinski, Nemeth, Stach, Barreiro, Stöger, Nebel, Ingvartsen, Szalai

COLOGNE STARTING XI

T. Horn - Schmitz, Kilian, Czichos, Hector (c) - Özcan - Duda, Ljubicic, Kainz - Uth, Modeste

COLOGNE SUBS

Schwäbe, Hübers, Ehizibue, Mere, Schindler, Schaub, Skhiri, Thielmann, Andersson

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