The Mainz 05 moves a little further from the descent and remains in twelfth position from the Bundesliga after drawing this Monday at home against the harassed Hertha (1-1). The locals attacked more, and enjoyed more chances than a rival whose point won does not prevent him from remaining in the penultimate place of the table with 27 points, although he has two games less than the Cologne, in promotion and two points ahead, and that the Arminia Bielefeld and the Werder Bremen, three points above with three days to go.
Both teams, who dated identical game patterns (3-1-4-2), did not give the slightest respite and played a very competitive first half, in which the two goalkeepers, the local Robin zentner and the visitor Alexander Schwolow, they aborted a good number of occasions with unsavory interventions.
The Mainz, with a possession of the ball of 60%, shot up to nine times, five of them between the three sticks, while the Hertha he shot four times on goal from a total of five shots. It was an exciting first part of the round trip.
The locals were about to open the scoring very soon with a double chance for the midfielder Boëitus. In the 9 ‘he forced Schwolow to show off and seconds later he smashed a ball off the crossbar. Your partner Kohr he also had his own, but he met the inspired goal of Hertha.
The visiting team responded in the 19th minute by means of Guendouzi, that he ran into a magnificent Zentner. His colleague Schwolow also shone again after a shot from former Real Madrid Castilla player Ádam Szalai.
Finally, Hertha gained an advantage in the 36th minute in a set piece action. Marton Dárdai, son of the Hungarian coach of the Berlin team, He executed a foul that ended the French Lucas Tousart not giving Zentner a choice.
Mainz took just four minutes to equalize the contest with a both beautifully made by the Austrian
Phillipp Mwene. His shot from the edge of the area went straight into the squad. In 41 ‘, Leandro Barreiro he had the 2-1 in his boots, but Schwolow avoided it with a good intervention.
On resumption, the set of Bo svensson and that of Pál Dárdai They kept looking for the goal that would unbalance the balance. At game time, the goal Schwolow He was successful again in a header from Juste at the exit of a corner.
Sami Khedira, replaced
An occasion that coincided with a risky triple change of the technician of the Hertha in his attempt to revitalize his team. Dárdai withdrew from the field of play Khedira, Zeefuik and surprisingly Tousart, the author of the 0-1 in the first half and that he was being the best of his team together with the goal Schwolow. However, the Berliners, who came to dominate the duel, continued to crash into Zentner.
The nerves between the contestants and the referee, Sascha Stegemann, was forced to show some yellow book to stop the underground game.
With 10 minutes remaining, Dardai sold out the changes and Piatek entered by Jhon Cordoba, after the former player of the Spanish and from grenade give it my all on the field.
For its part, Svensson He also moved the bench almost at the end (85 ‘), with a triple change, after entering the defender Brosinski, to the playmaker Quaison and the midfielder Latza. In the end, distribution of points in the Opel Arena, where the Mainz he deserved something more for his clear chances. His draw halted a streak of three consecutive wins but apparently it will be enough to avoid difficulties in the last three appointments from his twelfth position, with six points of advantage over the promotion that marks the Cologne, with nine to play for both teams.