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Mainz 05 - RB Leipzig

Germany: Bundesliga
Mainz 05 M. Niakhate (24), M. Niakhate (35), L. Barreiro (50)
OPEL ARENAFull time3-2
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
27R. Zentner
4J. St. Juste
16S. Bell
19M. Niakhate
22D. da Costa
35L. Barreiro ↪86
31D. Kohr ↪79
23P. Mwene ↪66
6D. Latza (C) ↪66
7R. Quaison ↪66
21K. Onisiwo
37F. Dahmen
28Á. Szalai ↩66
29J. Burkardt ↩86
15L. Kilian
42A. Hack
5J. Boëtius
8L. Öztunali ↩66
17K. Stöger ↩66
25N. Tauer ↩79
RB Leipzig
1P. Gulácsi
4W. Orban
5D. Upamecano
23M. Halstenberg ↪55
7M. Sabitzer (C)
14T. Adams ↪77
25Daniel Olmo ↪77
8A. Haidara ↪61
10E. Forsberg ↪61
19A. Sørloth
33J. Martínez
11H. Hee-Chan ↩77
21J. Kluivert ↩61
41D. Borkowski
16L. Klostermann
22N. Mukiele ↩77
18C. Nkunku ↩55
20L. Samardžić ↩61

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