Andreas Voglsammer scored to cancel out Daniel Brosinski's penalty as Arminia Bielefeld battled back to earn a share of the points with a 1-1 draw against Mainz at their Opel Arena.
Mainz 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Goals: 1-0 Brosinski (pen. 56'), 1-1 Voglsammer (76')
Mainz began the day in 15th, two places and points better off than Bielefeld, and they were inches away from extending their advantage over their visitors early on. Jean-Paul Boëtius would have made it 1-0 if he had connected with Jonathan Burkardt's flick on from point-blank range, and Leandro Barreiro's subsequent attempt was cleared off the line by Anderson Lucoqui. Stefan Ortega then added to his league-leading 113 shots saved this season, keeping out Barreiro one again when the Luxembourger was clean through on goal. Masaya Okugawa tried an ambitious volley from distance which flew way over Robin Zentner's crossbar, but most of the first-half traffic flowed in Mainz's favour, and Bielefeld were the more relieved to hear Deniz Aytekin's half-time whistle.
Mainz thought they should have had a penalty soon after the restart when Mike van der Hoorn made contact with Burkardt, but their claims were waved away after Aytekin's consultation with VAR. The Germany U21 forward did draw a spot-kick from the big Dutchman soon after, though, and Brosinski stepped up to convert his eighth penalty in as many attempts for the 05ers. Bielefeld, to their credit, never let their heads go down, though, and Voglsammer got them back on level terms with 15 minutes to go, firing home at the second attempt after his free-kick had cannoned back off the Mainz wall. The hosts nonetheless climb a place to 14th with the draw, with Bielefeld still in the bottom two.
- Voglsammer's goal was his first in the Bundesliga, and first at any level since June 2020, when he scored in a 3-0 win over Heidenheim in Bundesliga 2.
- Ritsu Doan remains atop Bielefeld's internal scoring charts this season with four, one of which came in the 2-1 win over Mainz in December.
- Ortega is more than 10 saves clear of the goalkeeper to have stopped the next-most shots in the league: Augsburg's Rafal Gikiewicz.
- Brosinski's eight successful penalties see him overtake Andreas Ivanschitz as Mainz's most successful spot-kick taker.
- Mainz have converted each of their last 31 penalties, extedning their Bundesliga record which stretches back to May 2013.
- Mainz and Bielefeld are two of the top three teams in the Bundesliga for distance covered this season - only Union Berlin have run more.
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Mainz: Zentner - St. Juste, Bell (Hack 7'), Niakhate (c) - Brosinski, Barreiro, Kohr, Mwene - Boetius - Burkardt (Szalai 76'), Glatzel (Onisiwo 68')
Unused subs: Dahmen, Latza, Quaison, Öztunali, Fernandes, da Costa
Out: Nebel (foot)
Coach: Bo Svensson
Bielefeld: Ortega - Brunner, Van der Hoorn, Nilsson, Lucoqui (de Medina 86') - Okugawa (Klos 71'), Prietl (c), Maier (Kunze 61'), Vlap (Cordova 61') - Doan, Voglsammer (Gebauer 86')
Unused subs: Linner, Laursen, Seufert, Hartel
Out: Pieper (suspended), Schipplock (hand), Yabo (muscular)
Coach: Frank Kramer