Jean-Phillipe Mateta’s strike and Robin Zentner’s outstanding performance in goal earned Mainz an away win against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-1 Mainz
Goals: 0-1 Mateta (67’)
The home side enjoyed a dominant first half from the opening minute to the last, but were unable to beat Zentner through the opening 45 minutes. Less than a week after his hat-trick hero display at the Allianz Arena, Dodi Lukebakio was proving that it was no one-off performance, running the attacking show early on. Several half-chances came and went, but the Watford loanee had the first big opportunity after 14 minutes. After stealing the ball from Stefan Bell before racing into the box Lukebakio had the option to pass or shoot, but mixed up his mind and let the chance go to waste. Zentner was forced into several saves from Rouwen Hennings and Lukebakio, while at the other end, Mateta failed to take a shot in the opening half.
The second period started in a similar pattern with the home side in control, but chances were few and far between until tired legs began to open space for each side's attack to capitalise on. It was Mainz, though, who made the most of their opportunities as Mateta scored his fourth of the season, shooting low at Michael Rensing, who will be disappointed to have conceded the shot that went through his legs. The home side had a huge chance to level late on through Hennings, but Zentner produced a world-class save to add to his large collection for the day, and ultimately seal the win for Mainz.
- Lukebakio, Düsseldorf's hat-trick hero in Munich, has scored eight of his nine competitive goals this season away from home. The only exception was a late penalty in the 2-1 home win over Hoffenheim on Matchday 3.Düsseldorf are the only current top-flight club against whom Mainz have never lost in the Bundesliga (W2 D1 in the 2012/13 season). Mainz have conceded 11 of their 14 goals in the Bundesliga this season in the second half. For Düsseldorf, it's 22 of 29. Only seven Mainz players have netted in the league this season. Jean-Philippe Mateta leads the way on four, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Anthony Ujah have two each. Düsseldorf coach Friedhelm Funkel has come up against Mainz six times as a Bundesliga coach, and this was his first defeat.
Düsseldorf: Rensing – Zimmermann, Bormuth, Kaminski, Gießelmann – Bodzek – Zimmer (Usami 81’), Fink (c) (Karaman 73’), Stöger, Lukebakio (Raman 67’) - Hennings
Unused subs: Thießen, Morales, Ducksch, Nielsen
Absentees: Contento (knee), Wiesner (pelvis), Wolf (nerve inflammation)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
Mainz: Zentner – Brosinski (Donati 59’), Bell (c), Niakhate, Martin – Gbamin, Kunde, Latza – Mateta, Quaison (Onisiwo 85’), Boëtius (Öztunali 56’)
Unused subs: Dahmen, Hack, Maxim, Ujah
Absentees: Adler (knee), Baku (foot), Berggreen (muscular), Müller (ankle), Mwene (knee)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
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