FC Köln - Mainz 05

Germany: Bundesliga
FC Köln M. Uth (Pen. 6), F. Kainz (53)
Mainz 05 T. Awoniyi (61), P. Malong (72)

Pierre Kunde reflects on his solo goal against Köln

By Rune Gjerulff

Pierre Kunde reveals what he was thinking before his stunning goal against FC Köln and reflects on the criticism he faced earlier in the season.

Pierre Kunde (Mainz) and Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig).
Pierre Kunde (Mainz) and Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig).Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

Mainz midfielder Pierre Kunde has explained what went through his head before his solo goal in Sunday's 2-2 draw with FC Köln.

After receiving the ball in the the opponents' half, Kunde skipped past a number of defenders before he slotted the ball past Timo Horn in the Köln net to earn Mainz an important point.

"When I got the ball, I just tried to think of something as I didn't want to lose to it. Then I saw there was a gap," Kunde said in an interview with Kicker and added:

"It was very important, especially for the mentality, that we didn't lose. This point gives us the right morale for the next game."

Kunde was back in the line-up for the first time since Matchday 20, when he faced heavy criticism for refusing to shake hands with Mainz coach Achim Beierlorzer after he was subbed off in the first half of a 1-3 loss to Bayern München.

"The week it happened was one of the toughest in my career. The way I behaved wasn't really my style," Kunde said, looking back on the incident.

"Sitting of the bench for five or six weeks afterwards wasn't easy for me. But I was ready to play again at any time. Yesterday, the chance was there for me," he added.

FC Köln
1Timo Horn
2Benno Schmitz ↩83
33Sebastiaan Bornauw
37Toni Leistner
34Noah Katterbach
28Ellyes Skhiri
14Jonas Hector (C) ↩76
30Florian Kainz ↩71
23Mark Uth
29Jan Thielmann ↩46
15Jhon Córdoba ↩83
18Thomas Kessler
9Simon Terodde ↪83
27Anthony Modeste
19Kingsley Ehizibue ↪83
40Robert Voloder
6Marco Höger
11Kingsley Schindler ↪71
20Elvis Rexhbecaj ↪76
24Dominick Drexler ↪46
Mainz 05
1Florian Müller
34Ridle Baku
4Jeremiah St. Juste
19Moussa Niakhate (C)
3Aarón Martín
20Edimilson Fernandes ↩69
14Pierre Malong ↩83
11Ji Dong-Won ↩56
5Jean-Paul Boëtius ↩83
7Robin Quaison
21Karim Onisiwo ↩84
37Finn Dahmen
22Taiwo Awoniyi ↪56
28Ádám Szalai ↪69
29Jonathan Burkardt ↪84
13Jeffrey Bruma
18Daniel Brosinski
6Danny Latza ↪83
8Levin Öztunali
35Leandro Barreiro ↪83

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