FSV Mainz 05 has gained some air in the relegation battle. On Sunday afternoon, Rheinhessen prevailed 3-1 against SC Freiburg. The sports club comes dangerously close to the relegation ranks; The Mainz victory is also bitter for FC Schalke 04.
FSV Mainz 05 was winless and at a loss before the Bundesliga game against SC Freiburg. But after just two minutes, Jan-Moritz Lichte’s team was able to breathe a sigh of relief: Jean-Philippe Mateta put the 05er in the lead.
The early start gave Mainz an upswing: after 35 minutes, Mateta returned to the scoreboard and only five minutes later did the hat trick; Freiburg, actually extremely strong at home, played a decent half, but took a clear lesson from striker Mateta.
After changing sides, the Breisgauer pressed the gas pedal and rewarded themselves after an hour with Nils Petersen. In a good and chances-rich Bundesliga game, Freiburg even fought its way up again, Demiovic scored the supposed goal in the 90th minute, but the goal did not count.
With the first win of the season, Mainz catapults itself from the relegation ranks for the time being, but can still be overtaken by 1. FC Köln (plays against Union Berlin at 6 p.m.). Freiburg could have created a cushion on the relegation ranks with a win, but is now slipping dangerously close to the red zone: only two points separate the sports club from FSV Mainz 05 and Arminia Bielefeld, who are currently on the relegation place.
The Mainz victory for Schalke 04 is particularly bitter: the Knappen are still waiting for their first Bundesliga victory and after eight matchdays they were handed the Mainz Red Lantern.