Matchday 25: Freiburg climbs to fourth place with a draw in Mainz
Freiburg climbs to fourth place with a draw in Mainz
SC Freiburg showed a confident reaction after being eliminated from the Europa League. The point win in Mainz makes the fans dream.
The Sc freiburg has underpinned his ambitions to make it into the premier class for the first time, despite a last-minute win at FSV Mainz.
Undeterred by the end in the Europe League the Breisgauer improved with the 1:1 (0:0) at the end of the 25th game day of the Bundesliga with 46 points in fourth place, which entitles them to participate in the Champions League.
Ritsu Doan put the visitors ahead in the 55th minute in front of a crowd of 26,800, which Karim Onisiwo equalized in the sixth minute of added time. Like Freiburg is too Mainz unbeaten in six league games, but did not make any progress in the fight for an international starting place. With 37 points, the Rheinhessen are currently in ninth place.
Both teams got off to a good start and immediately went on the offensive. The first chance belonged to the visitors. Kiliann Sildillia bounced the ball surprisingly in front of his feet after a mistake by 05 defender Andreas Hanche-Olsen in the six-yard box, but his shot was blocked by the Norwegian. On the other side had to Freiburg Goalkeeper Mark Flekken used his class to avoid an early deficit when Ludovic Ajorque headed the ball.
As the season progressed, Mainz became more powerful and created better chances. Ajorque scored after almost 20 minutes for the supposed lead, but was previously offside. A free kick from Marcus Ingvartsen (36th) fished spots with a flight parade from the corner.
Freiburg tries with high balls
Freiburg hardly ever got into the danger zone because the hosts cleverly narrowed the space and didn’t allow any combination play. The guests, who hardly felt any after-effects from the 0-2 loss to Juventus three days earlier, mostly tried high balls into the centre. That didn’t pose any problems for the Mainz defense.
Even after the change, both teams met in a hard-fought game at eye level. A big mistake in the Mainz defense then led to the lead for the Breisgauer. After a coordination problem between Robin Zentner and defender Edimilson Fernandes, the Mainz goalkeeper hesitated when running out and was left behind by Doan, who tipped the ball past him and pushed it into the empty goal.
Mainz coach Bo Svensson reacted to the deficit and brought on goalscorer Onisiwo for Ingvartsen after the hour. But almost nothing went forward for the hosts. The SC now had the events largely under control and cleverly kept the opponent away from their own goal.
Mainz’s final offensive seemed to fizzle out without effect when Onisiwo still scored on assist from Ajorque and let the home side celebrate at least one point with his ninth goal of the season.