Nils Petersen scored his eighth goal off the bench this season to give Freiburg all three points.
SC Freiburg 1 - 0 Mainz 05
Goals: 1-0 Petersen (70’)
The fans at the Schwarzwald-Stadion witnessed a quiet start to the match, with neither side creating many chances in the early going. As the half wore on Mainz’s Yoshinori Muto made a few good runs into the home side’s penalty area, and Vincenzo Grifo’s movement put the defence under pressure at the other end; neither did quite enough to put his team in front.
The second half began in much the same vein as had the first, with Mainz taking the initiative. Freiburg proved more dangerous, however - at least once Nils Petersen got involved. The substitute entered in the 69th minute, and scored on one of his first touches. The 28-year-old was at the right place at the right time in the six yard box when a deflected ball came through at pace. All he had to do was stroke it in from close range - well within his skill set.
Man of the match
In a game where both sides struggled to put themselves into positions to pull the trigger, it was always on the cards that an individual spark could turn it. Petersen lit the home side’s flame within a minute of coming on off the bench - his specialty.
If the reality of a six-game home stretch in the thick of the relegation fight hadn’t sunk in for Mainz before this result, it will have now. The club haven’t been down in the Bundesliga 2 since 2008-09, but a few more disappointing results like this and they run the risk of going back.
- Freiburg cut short a three game home winless streak by collecting all three here.
- Mainz have now lost five games in a row under Martin Schmidt.
- Entering the match Mainz had been unbeaten in their last ten meetings with Freiburg (six wins, four draws). This loss snaps their longest unbeaten record against any current Bundesliga side.
FREIBURG: Schwolow - Kübler, Söyüncü, Kempf, Ignjovski - Schuster (c), Abrashi - Frantz, Haberer (Bulut 84), Grifo (Günter 90) - Niederlechner
COACH: Christian Streich
MAINZ: J. Huth - Donati, Bell (c), Hack, Brosinski - Ramalho, Latza - Öztunali (Holtmann 82), Muto, De Blasis (Bojoan 82) - Cordoba
COACH: Martin Schmidt