Professionals | 17/05/2020

2:2 draw

FC pegged back by Mainz

1. FC Köln were held to a 2:2 draw by 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday afternoon at RheinEnergieSTADION. Mark Uth and Florian Kainz opened the scoring before Taiwo Awoniyi and Pierre Kunde levelled for the visitors.

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Markus Gisdol opted for three changes from the side that played in the Bundesliga’s first-ever game behind-closed-doors. Sebastiaan Bornauw, Noah Katterbach and Jan Thielmann started in place of Kingsley Ehizibue, Jorge Meré and Ismail Jakobs.

As for Mainz, there were plenty of alternations made by Achim Beierlorzer. Robin Zentner, Ronael Pierre-Gabriel Jeffrey Bruma, Danny Latza, Leandro Barreiro, Philipp Mwene and Jean-Philippe Mateta were replaced by Florian Müller, Jermaine St. Juste, Aaron Martin, Edimilson Fernandes, Pierre Kunde, Jean-Paul Boetius and Ji Dong-won.

FC lead at the break

Gisdol’s men got exactly the start that they wanted after just six minutes. A superb touch from Mark Uth helped to draw a foul from Moussa Niakhaté and, after a VAR check, Guido Winkmann confirmed the penalty. Uth confidently stepped up to convert FC’s first penalty this season, and continue his run of scoring or assisting in every game since his return.

Mainz responded strongly and could have been level on two occasions. The first saw Toni Leistner make a fine block from Jean-Paul Boetius, while Timo Horn had to be at his very best to make a strong stop from Karim Onisiwo’s deflected effort. After the open start to the game, it eventually settled into a rhythm and midfield battle.

FC would be the side to finish the half strongest, as Jan Thielmann’s excellent cross almost picked out Mark Uth in the middle. Uth was proving a real handful, and it was his free-kick that went narrowly wide of the mark after a strong deflection in the wall. Despite the late flurry from FC, a second goal wasn’t forthcoming.

Mainz make strong fightback

The wait for the two-goal cushion didn’t take long, however. Dominick Drexler, who was brought on for Thielmann at the break, produced a perfect cross for Florian Kainz to head home at the back post. It was the Austrian’s third goal of the campaign and his 10th scorer point of the season. 

However, from there, Mainz fought their way back into the match. Taiwo Awoniyi, who had came off the bench just five minutes prior, scored his first Bundesliga goal from a Ridle Baku cutback. The visitors continued to push and a run through the middle from Pierre Kunde wasn’t picked up and and he tucked into the bottom corner to turn the game around inside 11 minutes.

The remainder of the game saw chances from both sides, with Horn denying Onisiwo again before Jhon Cordoba and Benno Schmitz went close for FC. A point that, over the while game, was a fair one.

FC are in action next on Sunday, as they welcome Fortuna Düsseldorf to the RheinEnergieSTADION at 18:00 CEST.

Line-ups

1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): Horn – Schmitz (Ehizibue 83’), Bornauw, Leistner, Katterbach – Skhiri, Hector (Rexhbecaj 76‘) – Thielmann (Drexler 46‘), Uth, Kainz (Schindler 71‘) – Cordoba (Terodde 83’).

1. FSV Mainz 05 (4-2-3-1): Müller – Baku, St. Juste, Niakhaté, Aaron Martin – Kunde (Latza 83’), Fernandes (Szalai 69‘) – Onisiwo (Burkhardt 84‘), Boetius (Barreiro 83’), Quaison – Ji (Awoniyi 56‘). 

Goals: 1:0, Uth (PEN) 6‘. 2:0, Kainz 53‘. 2:1, Awoniyi 61‘. 2:2, Kunde 72’.

Referee: Guiko Winkmann (Kerken).

Bookings: Hector (19‘), Kainz (20‘), Ji (37‘), Rexhbecaj (87‘), Skhiri (90‘), Aaron Martin (90+3‘).

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