After three straight losses in the Rhine-Main derby against Eintracht Frankfurt, Mainz 05 ended the negative streak with a score of 1-1. Aintracht can live with the victory of points.
Eintracht Frankfurt captain Sebastian Rode pleaded for leniency after a 1-1 (0-1) win in the Rhine-Main derby. It is not possible to show Wednesday’s gala performance against Hoffenheim every three days,” said the 32-year-old midfielder, referring to the 4-2 victory against TSG. “You can play a draw in Mainz. It’s not a broken leg.”
Especially as fans spoiled by football’s great art paid tribute to their players in an extraordinary year even after the points were shared in the Bundesliga’s final game of the year. “We say thank you, Kings of Europe,” read a banner carried by the 10,000 or so Eintracht fans who left.
After all, the Hessians lived and formed a great year of unity. They won the Europa League, spent the winter as a round of 16 in the Champions League and the Champions League DFB Cup and will continue from the premier class in 2023. “Couldn’t be better,” Rod said. “Overall it’s great what we’ve done.”
Kryoche. “I can live with meaning”
This is why “Eintracht” head coach Oliver Glasner can overcome not being able to win the 9th of the season. “We should be satisfied. We weren’t good enough.” Sports director Markus Krösche agreed with this verdict. “In general, we can live with meaning.” After all, the Hessians finished the first part of the season with 27 points and 32 goals, only Bayern Munich (49) scored more.
After the half-time lecture, Glasner was delighted that his team managed to make it 1-1 with a “spirited performance” through Frenchman Randal Cuolo Moani (66th minute) against Mainz, who were aggressive in the duels. In addition, the Frankfurters mobilized all their strength after the restart to add another success after seven wins in the last eight games. It was important to see not only Kolo Muani’s goal from an acute angle, but also the preparation work. World Cup driver Gotze played a brilliant chip in Muani’s run.
Burkard with his first goal of the season
It was a positive end to the year for Mainz in front of a crowd of 33,305 after three straight Bundesliga defeats, and especially for striker Jonathan Burkardt (40th), who put the hosts in front with his first goal of the season. Injuries and illnesses bothered him for a long time. “It would be good if it was earlier,” said the player of the youth team, who before his medical history was also considered a candidate for the World Cup. “I knew that my first half of the season was not enough,” said Burkard, for whom it was a “conciliatory ending” thanks to the goal.
After a bloodless and embarrassing performance at the bottom of the table FC Schalke 04: (0:1) “Mainz” coach Bo Svensson was satisfied for four days. “We did what we wanted, especially in the first half, to play with absolute definition,” said the Dane. “In the end, the score is fair and deserved. It was a good reaction to the game at Schalke and it was good to be able to go into the break with a performance like that.”
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