⚽ M. Niakhate (12)
OPEL ARENA1-0Attendance: 10.500
Despite having to cope without several important players, Mainz deservedly beat RB Leipzig on Sunday afternoon.
|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.
|19||Moussa Niakhate (C) ⚽|
|25||Niklas Tauer ↩86|
|26||Paul Nebel ↩90|
|7||Lee Jae-Sung ↩90|
|15||Luca Kilian ↪90|
|35||Stephan Fürstner ↪86|
|43||Romario Roesch ↪90|
|22||Nordi Mukiele ↩82|
|4||Willi Orban (C)|
|14||Tyler Adams ↩64|
|8||Amadou Haidara ↩64|
|18||Christopher Nkunku ↩64|
|11||Hwang Hee-Chan ↪64|
|21||Brian Brobbey ↪82|
|7||Marcel Sabitzer ↪64|
|17||Dominik Szoboszlai ↪64|
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