Professionals | 25/10/2019

3:1 defeat

FC beaten in Mainz

1. FC Köln fell to a 3:1 defeat against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday evening. Despite Simon Terodde’s goal giving FC the lead, Jean-Paul Boëtius levelled for the hosts before the break. Robin Quaison’s superb strike and Levin Öztunali’s effort late on sandwiched a VAR decision that left FC speechless.

Team news

Sandro Schwarz made three changes to the team that lost against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday. Ridle Baku, Adam Szalai and Robin Quaison came into the team to replace Edimilson Fernandes (suspended), Taiwo Anwonyi and Karim Onisiwo (bench).

Achim Beierlorzer, for the third game running, opted to name the same starting side that secured a draw against Schalke and the win at home over Paderborn.

Terodde strikes first

FC almost got off to the perfect start in Mainz inside four minutes. A fine move down the left saw Simon Terodde’s initial effort was brilliantly saved by Robin Zentner. Florian Kainz smashed home the rebound, but Frank Willenborg’s officiating team ruled it out for offside.

However, FC didn’t have to wait long for a goal that counted. A superb move from Jonas Hector saw him find Kingsley Schindler, who fired the ball into Simon Terodde. The FC forward spun his man and managed to fire back across Zentner into the far corner to reward a fine start for Achim Beierlorzer’s men in Mainz.

Mainz quickly found their feet and were denied by a stunning save from Timo Horn following Jean-Paul Boëtius’ long-range effort. Levin Öztunali also went close with a volley at the back post, as they continued to ramp up the pressure. It was the Dutchman who managed to get Mainz level, as he broke into the following Adam Szalai’s pass. He wriggled through on goal before firing Timo Horn.

Both sides continued to come forward in what was proving to be an end-to-end affair. Adam Szalai’s header was blocked from close range before a similar position opened up for Robin Quaison. The Swede’s effort – following good play from Daniel Brosinski – was blocked timely by Ellyes Skhiri in front of goal. That proved to be the final chance in a pulsating 45 minutes.

Mainz earn all three points

Both sides began the second half unchanged, and the game continued as in the first 45 minutes. Florian Kainz tested Robin Zentner’s handling with a free-kick before he produced a fantastic stop to turn Louis Schaub’s deflected effort around the post. The Mainz stopper was again on hand to deny a curling shot from Schaub following a lovely move on the left-hand side.

Despite all of FC’s pressure, Mainz would go ahead in the game. After a spell of possession, the hosts worked ball into the middle to find Robin Quaison. He took aim from 30 yards and sent a swerving shot past Timo Horn and into the top corner. FC attempted to respond and almost did so through Simon Terodde, only for Zentner again to produce a fine save.

FC thought they had the perfect chance to equalise when Moussa Niakhaté clearly handled in the box. Despite the protests from the players and a second look from VAR, Frank Willenborg decided against a spot-kick. Achim Beierlorzer then brought on Anthony Modeste and Jhon Cordoba in the hope of getting an equaliser.

Unfortunately for FC, they couldn’t find a way through and were punished on the counter. It was a surging run from Levin Öztunali that wasn’t stopped by the FC defence, and the former Germany under-21 international then found a way past Timo Horn at the near post. That was how the game finished, as FC were left to rue missed chances amongst the VAR chaos.

1. FC Köln will face FC Saarbrücken in the next round of the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday evening.


1. FSV Mainz 05 (4-3-1-2): Zentner – Brosinski (Latza 72’), St. Juste, Niakhaté, Aaron – Baku, Kunde, Öztunali (Hack 84’) – Boëtius – Szalai, Quaison (Onisiwo 78’).

1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): Horn – Ehizibue (Schmitz 58‘), Bornauw, Czichos, Katterbach (Modeste 81’) – Skhiri, Hector – Schindler (Cordoba 65‘), Schaub, Kainz – Terodde.

Goals: 0:1, Terodde 14’. 1:1, Boëtius 21’. 2:1, Quaison 57’. 3:1, Öztunali 82’.

Referee: Frank Willenborg (Osnabrück).

Booked: Bornauw (41’), Kunde (48’), Niakhate (61’), Hector (80’).

Attendance: 31,999.

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Total table
13Hertha BSC26
141. FC Köln23
151. FSV Mainz 0522