Shortly before the half-time whistle the patience of Mainz fans was exhausted. While Christopher Trimmel ran to the corner flag to bring the ball one last time in the middle, sounded an unmistakable call through the sparsely filled Mainz stadium. "We want to see you fighting!", Shouted the fans of the hosts. A few seconds later there was silence, apart from the traveling Berlin fans.
After Trimmels corner Sebastian Andersson prevailed with a lot of momentum and headed the ball to 2: 0 into the goal. As the Swede after the break added a second goal and Marcus Ingvartsen his opponent Daniel Brosinski had previously forced to an own goal, won the 1. FC Union in front of 24.349 spectators on Saturday 3: 2 (2: 0) at FSV Mainz 05.
"We had 60 very good minutes in which we did everything right," said Union coach Urs Fischer. But then his team acted too passive, "we did not defend any more forward, also made mistakes with the ball and had in the end the necessary competition luck". For Union it was the third competitive victory in a row and the first away win in the Bundesliga. In the table, the climber has overtaken Hertha BSC.
Robert Andrich is suspended in the next game
In the Mainz it remains uncomfortable. One week after the 0: 8 debacle in Leipzig, the team of Sandro Schwarz presented desolate again over long distances. "That's a low point. We just have to see that we constantly put our performance on the pitch. We have not had that for weeks, "said Mainz attacking player Ridle Baku.
Union came into play compared to the successful derby against Hertha with a change. For Marius Bülter Sebastian Polter moved for the first time since May in the starting eleven. The Berlin began with great enthusiasm and Mainz was clearly aware of the uncertainty. Union pressed early and aggressively in a 3-4-1-2 system. Robert Andrich saw his fifth yellow card early and thus miss Borussia Mönchengladbach in two weeks. That was the only bad news in the beginning. Union was the much more active team and had two good chances through Christian Gentner and Christopher Lenz.
Mainz put the uncertainty only slowly, but then came to first conclusions. After a clever body blunder Szalai was suddenly amazingly free in the Berlin penalty area and tested Rafal Gikiewicz with a tight shot. A little later, Unions goalkeeper would have been powerless, from 16 meters Baku pushed the ball but the right post over.
In the final phase, Union must tremble
Union did better. A sharp cross from Trimmel landed perfectly at the penalty area, where Ingvartsen and Daniel Brosinski went to the ball. The Danish striker celebrated, but in slow motion it was obvious that it was an own goal. Fischer had to change involuntarily a short time later. Keven Schlotterbeck had a ball in the face and looked a little dazed; Michael Parensen came for him. Mainz could not use the short mess in Unions defense. After Robin Quaison prevailed against Neven Subotic, he fired centrally on the outraged Gikiewicz. Quaison's Swedish national team-mate Andersson made it better in injury time and increased to 2: 0.
Because the Mainz defense was overstrained in corners, Union simply repeated the successful combination shortly after the break. Corner Trimmel, header Andersson – 3: 0. The Mainz audience had meanwhile passed from whistling to silence and that changed only in the closing stages. Substitute Karim Onisiwo already had a high-profile chance at the 1: 3, Gikiewicz blocked his strong shot with one hand outstanding. Jonathan Burkardt's header narrowly missed the goal, but Gikiewicz had to make it ten minutes from time. After the strike by Onisiwo, Union shook and conceded by Brosinski even the second goal. It stayed that way. (Tsp)