Augsburg - Mainz 05

Germany: Bundesliga
Augsburg R. Vargas (40), A. Hahn (80), A. Hahn (90)
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Mainz 05 K. Onisiwo (64)

Brosinski on latest Mainz debacle:
"That was totally unacceptable on a Bundesliga level"

By Peter Vice

The dark days continue for besieged Bundesliga side FSV Mainz 05. Though the 2020/21 campaign remains nascent, six losses from six matches and a minus-13 goal differential constitute quite the hole to climb out of.

Defender Daniel Brosinski couldn't hide his disgust in a post-match interview.

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Mainz's 32-year-old fullback labored hard to pull himself together in front of the Sky microphone on Saturday afternoon. Declining to reveal his emotional state "because there might be a few kids watching", the veteran ultimately couldn't hold back on the criticism.

"That was sleeper-car football," Mainz's six-yearn mainstay remarked, referencing the popular German idiomatic expression that likens slow-moving football to that of bedded train cabins of an overnight train trip, "all eleven [players] should have been substituted off. Totally unacceptable on a Bundesliga level from all the starters."

There did exist some hope for Mainz as they drew level with opponents Augsburg in the 64th minute. The positive feelings proved short lived, however, as back-up midfielder André Hahn put the hosts back ahead sixteen minutes later. The emergency-deployed striker (Florian Niederlechner was unavailable) would complete a brace one minute into injury time to put the result beyond all doubt. 

For Brosinski, the latest disappointment truly came down to Mainz's shockingly poor play in the first half. "We just didn't do what the coach told us to do."

Nullfünfter captain Danny Latza agreed. "The push at the beginning of the second half belonged in the first," the skipper commented. 

As bad as things have gotten for the Pfälzer, a date next week with fellow bottom dwellers Schalke affords the team some hope of picking up their first point of the season. 

"We'll put everything into it," Mainz sporting director Rouven Schröder insisted.

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