Eintracht Frankfurt extended their unbeaten run to five competitive games with a 1-1 draw away to Mainz in the Matchday 10 opener on Friday night.
Mainz 1-1 Frankfurt
Goals: 0-1 Bell (o.g. 37'), 1-1 Serdar (71')
There was a predictably feisty opening at the Opel Arena for this Rhine-Main derby, and although emotions were running high across the pitch, both teams struggled to produce quality attacking moves in the first period. Marc Stendera could have taken an early lead for the guests but dragged his shot wide, before Marius Wolf took advantage of a defensive error by Daniel Brosinski to fire the ball across the face of goal, where it struck Mainz defender Stefan Bell and went over the line.
The hosts were much improved after the break and showed far greater urgency in the final third. They were rewarded for their efforts in the 71st minute when Yoshinori Muto chased down another seemingly lost cause, only to play an excellent cross to the near post, where Suat Serdar charged in to lash into the roof of the net. Mainz looked the more likely side to grab a winner in the closing stages, but there was no late drama in what was ultimately an evenly balanced game.
- Bell's own goal was the second of his career and the 999th scored in the Bundesliga. His previous effort was against none other than Frankfurt on 24 April 2016.Mainz only had one shot at goal in the first half - their lowest ever tally on home soil.Serdar scored his second Bundesliga goal in this game. His first, against Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 3 this season, also came as a substitute.Mainz have never lost a home game to Frankfurt in either of Germany's top two divisions (W6, D8).The 05ers came from 2-0 down to beat Frankfurt 4-2 on the penultimate day of last season - a win that secured their top-flight status.Mainz defender Bell made five Bundesliga 2 appearances whilst on loan at Frankfurt in 2011/12.
Mainz: Zentner – Donati, Diallo, Bell (c), Brosinski – Gbamin, Latza – Frei (Serdar 57'), Ötzunali (Fischer 83'), De Blasis - Muto (Kodro 87')
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Salcedo, Abraham (c), Falette - Wolf, Gacinovic (De Guzman 85'), Stendera (Russ 88'), Boateng, Willems - Haller, Rebic (Blum 74')
Coach: Niko Kovac