Mainz 05 - RB Leipzig

Germany: Bundesliga
Mainz 05 M. Niakhate (12)
OPEL ARENA1-0Attendance: 10.500
RB Leipzig

Mainz shock Leipzig despite several absences

By Rune Gjerulff

Despite having to cope without several important players, Mainz deservedly beat RB Leipzig on Sunday afternoon.

Mainz coach Bo Svensson.
Mainz coach Bo Svensson.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Wolfgang Jannach

Mainz 05 sensationally beat RB Leipzig at Opel Arena despite being without a number of players for COVID-19 reasons.

The home side started on the front foot and came close to opening the scoring through new signing Jae-Sung Lee, who hit the woodwork after just five minutes.

Eight minutes later, Mainz captain Moussa Niakhaté broke the deadlock, poking home after a poor clearance from Nordi Mukiele following a corner.

In Jesse Marsch's first Bundesliga game as RB Leipzig coach, his troops looked destined to equalise just shy of the half-hour mark, but a last-ditch tackle from Mainz youngster Niklas Tauer stopped Christopher Nkunku's shot.

Paul Nebel, another young Mainz player, came close to making it 2-0 just after the break, but was denied by an excellent save from Peter Gulacsi.

The away side then went on to create a few chances at the other end, but Emil Forsberg and Mohamed Simakan weren't able to beat Robin Zentner.

Mainz actually had the ball in the net a second time before the final whistle, but Alexander Hack's goal was ruled out as it was deemed that the ball went out of play before it reached the centre-back.

Leipzig tried to put on the pressure in the latter stage of the game, but ultimately couldn't find the equaliser they needed and thus ended up falling to a sensational defeat.

Mainz 05
27Robin Zentner
19Moussa Niakhate (C)
16Stefan Bell
42Alexander Hack
30Silvan Widmer
25Niklas Tauer ↩86
8Leandro Barreiro
3Aarón Martín
26Paul Nebel ↩90
29Jonathan Burkardt
7Lee Jae-Sung ↩90
1Finn Dahmen
36Kaito Mizuta
38Ben Bobzien
15Luca Kilian ↪90
35Stephan Fürstner ↪86
37Timothe Rupil
43Romario Roesch ↪90
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
22Nordi Mukiele ↩82
4Willi Orban (C)
2Mohamed Simakan
14Tyler Adams ↩64
44Kevin Kampl
8Amadou Haidara ↩64
10Emil Forsberg
18Christopher Nkunku ↩64
33André Silva
31Josep Martínez
11Hwang Hee-Chan ↪64
21Brian Brobbey ↪82
16Lukas Klostermann
32Joško Gvardiol
7Marcel Sabitzer ↪64
17Dominik Szoboszlai ↪64
27Konrad Laimer

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