Good start of Mainz, then the double leadership by clinical Leipzig – but in the end, the Mainz fight the deserved 3: 3 compensation. RB gets a damper before the Bayern games.
RB Leipzig has shown weakness for the first time since March, one week before part one of the double against Bayern Munich. At FSV Mainz 05 the team of coach Ralf Rangnick gambled a two-time two-goal lead and came after previously eight mandatory player successes in series only to a 3: 3 (2: 1). Even the at least theoretical chance of the masters of Leipzig should be done so already on Saturday.
Jean-Philippe Mateta (83.) and Moussa Niakhate (67.), as well as in the first half Karim Onisiwo (42.) made for the surprising Mainz comeback. Lukas Klostermann (20./32.), Who scored his first double as a professional, and Timo Werner (49.) took the visitors already qualified for the Champions League. However, they could not prevent a small damper eight days before the league duel with cup final opponents and leaders Munich.
In front of 23,805 spectators in the moderately filled Mainz Arena, the initial phase had initially clearly heard the hosts. A deflected shot from Jean-Paul Boetius (4 ') meant the first goal chance of the game, and a little later Alexander Hack (14) headed just over the corner after a corner. Overall, the Mainz pleased with committed dueling and determined offensive play.
Leipzig, which could be the tip of the club's history at the home game against Bayern on the penultimate round of the season and strives for the first title in the DFB Cup a little later, took a while to get back into the game. Then a pass from Emil Forsberg found its way through the backbone of the Mainz and the starting Timo Werner relied on his DFB colleague Klostermann. This only needed to be inserted.
Mainz rewards his morale
With the effectiveness of a real top team, the strong form Leipzig took a little later, their second real scoring opportunity. Again it was Werner who relinquished to Klostermann, and the right-back lupfte the ball in true striker manner over 05er goalkeeper Florian Müller. Mainz lamented in vain a previous alleged foul in midfield.
Until the break Werner (36) then forgave a good chance to 3: 0, before Onisiwo with a nice individual performance in the penalty area briefly caused tension. Excitement, which seemed to dissolve immediately, however, because Forsberg prevailed directly after the break in a confined space and Werner restored from a short distance with his 50th Bundesliga goal for RB the old two-goal lead.
As a result, the Leipzig tried to manage their advantage routinely. However, this was only about 20 minutes, then left the RB defensive Niakhate after a corner too much room and the Frenchman met for rejoining. It was the prelude to a hectic final phase, in which Mainz once again threw everything forward and rewarded by Mateta for the great morality.
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