- Mainz 4-2 winners over Freiburg.
- Malli shines with goal and two assists.
- 05ers up to eighth; Freiburg drop to tenth.
1. FSV Mainz 05 shaded SC Freiburg in a goal-filled contest at the OPEL Arena on Matchday 11.
Mainz made a flying start and deservedly took the lead with a quarter of an hour gone when Niko Bungert rose highest to head home a pin-point Yunus Malli corner. Freiburg had already lost leading scorer Maximilian Philipp to injury, but their afternoon went from bad to worse moments later as Malli fired home from the penalty spot following Caglar Söyüncü's clumsy challenge on Jhon Cordoba. Although Freiburg substitute Nils Petersen made Jonas Lössl work in the Mainz goal, the 05ers were unlucky not to add to their lead, with Fabian Frei crashing an effort against the crossbar towards the end of the half.
Freiburg reduced the arrears 23 minutes from normal time courtesy of a deft lob from Vincenzo Grifo, but Mainz restored their two-goal advantage from another dead-ball situation as Stefan Bell met Malli's inch-effect corner. Petersen gave the visitors hope after Lössl spilled a cross from Pascal Stenzel in an action-packed finale, but a late strike from Karim Onisiwo put an end to Freiburg's lion-hearted comeback attempt, deep into added time.
Man of the Match
Understated from open play and brilliantly effective from set-pieces, Yunus Malli's trademark precision made all the difference at the OPEL Arena.
If you want to see goals, Mainz are definitely the team to watch. The 05ers have scored more goals than any other side outside of the current top six (21), but they have also conceded 20. Only lowly SV Werder Bremen have had their back line breached more often.
- Malli is now level with Mohamed Zidan on 29 goals as Mainz's all-time leading Bundesliga scorer.
- Bungert made only his second Bundesliga start of the season.
- Freiburg are the only Bundesliga side still to draw a game this season.
Mainz: Lössl - Donati, Bell Bungert (c), Brosinski - Gbamin, Frei - Onisiwo, Malli (Jairo 90+4’)- De Blasis (Ramalho 76’) - Cordoba (Balogun 90+1’)
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Freiburg: Schwolow - Stenzel, Torrejon, Söyüncü, Föhrenbach (Möller Daehli 80’) - Höfler, Abrashi, Frantz (c), Grifo - Philipp (Petersen 15’) - Niederlechner (Harberer 83’)
Coach: Christian Streich