Yoshinori Muto became only the second Japanese player to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga by netting three past Augsburg on Saturday - © © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein
Yoshinori Muto became only the second Japanese player to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga by netting three past Augsburg on Saturday - © © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein
Bundesliga

Muto: 'Our team spirit was amazing'

Japanese forward Yoshinori Muto proved to be 1. FSV Mainz 05’s saviour on Matchday 11, grabbing a hat-trick – including a last-minute equaliser – to salvage a point in a 3-3 draw away to FC Augsburg.

Speaking after the final whistle, the 23-year-old reflected on a hugely entertaining, if topsy-turvy, encounter.

Question: Yoshinori Muto, are you satisfied at scoring three goals? Or are you disappointed you did not get a fourth?

Muto: It would have been good if I’d got four as the team would've won the game. But we were 3-2 down, so it’s good that we managed to draw.

Question: Are you happy with the point?

Muto: No, not at all. We were 2-0 up and then gave away three goals. That’s something we need to improve on. It would've been a waste to have scored and still lost the game. We need to learn from this match for our next games.

- © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein