Mainz kept all three points this Saturday at the Opel Arena. The locals scored the only goal of the match 2 minutes into the second half, through Jeremiah St.Juste. After receiving a pass from Jonathan Burkardt, the defender finished off the goal from the large area and beat the rival goalkeeper, who could do nothing.
After receiving a pass from Jonathan Burkardt, the defender finished off the goal from the large area and beat the rival goalkeeper, who could do nothing.
Bochum striker Sebastian Polter squandered the chance to open the scoring and go ahead by missing a penalty in the 31st minute of the first half.
Jeremiah St.Juste had a great performance. The Mainz defender was important by converting 1 goal.
Another player who had a great game was Robin Zentner. The Mainz goalkeeper was the protagonist against Bochum: he contained 4 shots.
It was a match full of infractions, with a high dose of rough play and full of interruptions. There were a lot of yellow cards: Anton Stach, Armel Bella Kotchap, Christian Gamboa, Kevin Stöger, Paul Nebel, Bo Svensson and Elvis Rexhbecaj.
Mainz manager Bo Svensson presented a 3-5-2 tactical setup with Robin Zentner in goal; Jeremiah St.Juste, Stefan Bell and Moussa Niakhaté in the defensive line; Silvan Widmer, Lee Jaesung, Anton Stach, Leandro Barreiro and Aarón Martín in the middle; and Karim Onisiwo and Jonathan Burkardt in attack.
For its part, Thomas Reis’s team came out with a tactical arrangement 4-5-1 with Manuel Riemann under the three sticks; Christian Gamboa, Armel Bella Kotchap, Maxim Leitsch and Konstantinos Stafylidis in defense; Anthony Losilla, Takuma Asano, Milos Pantovic, Eduard Löwen and Christopher Antwi-Adjei at half court; and Sebastian Polter up front.
Frank Willenborg was in charge of supervising the order of play during the match.
On the next day Mainz will face Greuther Fürth as a visitor, while Bochum will play at home against Cologne.
The local team is in ninth place with 27 points and 8 wins, while the visitor reached 23 points and is in eleventh place in the tournament.
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