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K. Onisiwo (90)
R. Doan (55)

Freiburg pegged back as Onisiwo delivers for Mainz

By Ultan Corcoran   @UltanCorcoran

The final matchup of Bundesliga Matchday 25 was the meeting of Mainz and Freiburg. Both teams had been in a rich vein of form going undefeated in their previous five games until this point.

Almost fittingly, it would be a share of the spoils in the end as neither couldn’t be separated.

While Ritsu Dōan punished a rare Mainz mistake and looked to have sealed a win for the Breisgau-elf, a late 96th minute Onisiwo goal levelled matters at 1-1.
Karim Onisiwo.
Karim Onisiwo.Photo: Harpagornis, CC BY-SA 4.0
The game sprung to life in the 9th minute courtesy of a wonderful Mark Flekken save to deny Ajorque. Although the Frenchman had the ball in the net less than ten minutes later, he would be ruled offside. While Freiburg held the lion’s share of possession, they flattered to deceive in attack.

Flekken was given a fright after the half hour mark – his wayward clearance was blocked by Jae-Sung Lee. The Dutch shot-stopper was able to redeem himself moments after as he parried away a menacing Ingvartsen freekick. It would remain deadlocked as the sides entered the dressing rooms.

Freiburg came out vastly improved from their first-half showing. It would be a defensive mix up of mass proportions that allowed Doan to pounce for 1-0. Zentner and Fernandes on different wavelengths as the Japanese winger capitalised to bag his second goal in as many games.

Bo Svensson threw on the cavalry in a bid to change the outcome of the match. Substitute Nelson Weiper came closest when he failed to latch onto Ajorque’s through ball. The youngster had another bite at the goal-shaped cherry moments later, but a relieved Flekken was on hand to gather. Ultimately, Freiburg hearts would be dashed in the 6th minute of added time – a delightful ball from the unlikely towering figure of Ajorque found Onisiwo who tapped home to secure a point for the hosts.

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