Mainz 05 - RB Leipzig

Germany: Bundesliga
Mainz 05 M. Niakhate (24), M. Niakhate (35), L. Barreiro (50)
RB Leipzig T. Adams (15), M. Halstenberg (30)

RB Leipzig blame pitch after Mainz loss

By Rune Gjerulff

Julian Nagelsmann and Marcel Sabitzer blamed the condition of the pitch at Opel Arena after RB Leipzig fell to a 3-2 defeat against Mainz on Saturday.

Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann and captain Marcel Sabitzer criticized the pitch at Opel Arena following their surprising 3-2 away defeat to Mainz on Saturday.

"The loss is disappointing. We knew before the game that it would be hard to play football with the condition of the pitch, but we did really well in the first half. We had three or four chances that we could have taken more from," said Nagelsmann.

"It was a similar picture in the second half. We started well and had the control but conceded an unnecessary goal. After that, despite the changes, we found it hard to get back into the game."

Sabitzer commented:

"We were actually okay in the first half especially given that the pitch didn't allow a passing game. However, we didn't defend the two set piece. After half time, we lacked consistency and you can't win games like that."

Mainz 05
27Robin Zentner
4Jeremiah St. Juste
16Stefan Bell
19Moussa Niakhate
22Danny da Costa
35Leandro Barreiro ↩86
31Dominik Kohr ↩79
23Philipp Mwene ↩66
6Danny Latza (C) ↩66
7Robin Quaison ↩66
21Karim Onisiwo
37Finn Dahmen
28Ádám Szalai ↪66
29Jonathan Burkardt ↪86
15Luca Kilian
42Alexander Hack
5Jean-Paul Boëtius
8Levin Öztunali ↪66
17Kevin Stöger ↪66
25Niklas Tauer ↪79
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
4Willi Orban
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
23Marcel Halstenberg ↩55
7Marcel Sabitzer (C)
14Tyler Adams ↩77
25Daniel Olmo ↩77
8Amadou Haidara ↩61
10Emil Forsberg ↩61
19Alexander Sørloth
33Josep Martínez
11Hwang Hee-Chan ↪77
21Justin Kluivert ↪61
41Dennis Borkowski
16Lukas Klostermann
22Nordi Mukiele ↪77
18Christopher Nkunku ↪55
20Lazar Samardžić ↪61

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