Impressive win against Würzburg
Mainz’s first pre-season friendly ends in a 6-0 win against second-tier Würzburger Kickers – Mustapha scores his first goal for the first team
The Zerofivers could have even scored more in the end, although they will be more than happy with a convincing 6-0 win over newly-promoted Würzburger Kickers at the Bruchwegstadion on Saturday afternoon. Ádám Szalai (2), Robin Quaison, Jonathan Burkardt, Marlon Mustapha and Leandro Barreiro scored the Mainz goals in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the new season.
Mainz were the better team in the opening stages, although Flo Müller had to make the first save of the afternoon from a Patrick Sontheimer free-kick. This was the visitors’ only chance in the first of four 30-minute periods. Mainz then scored three well-made goals inside 15 minutes. Captain Danny Latza played it to Jean-Paul Boëtius on the left, whose cross was turned home by Szalai (20’). Boëtius was again the provider two minutes later, this time for Quaison, who rounded Giefer to score (22’). Boëtius was involved in the third, giving it to Quaison who selflessly fed Burkardt (35’).
Zentner saves, Szalai scores again
Robin Zentner, who had just come on, made a strong save against Luca Pfeiffer in the 42nd minute. Mainz went one better at the other end moments after this. Abbass Issah played Dong Won Ji in behind, and his cross was deflected onto the post by a Würzburg defender. Szalai was in the right place though to convert the rebound to grab his second goal of the afternoon (50’).
Mainz academy product Suliman Mustapha then had two chances at the start of the second 60 minutes, although he couldn’t beat Eric Verstappen on other occasion (65’, 74’). Paul Nebel, another home-grown player, hit the bar in the 83rd minute, before Mustapha couldn’t get any contact on an Öztunali cross (90’).
The striker did then finally grab his first goal for the first team. Daniel Brosinski’s pacy cross found Mustapha in the middle and he made it 5-0 (94’). Verstappen made a number of saves from Holtmann, Nebel and Öztunali, however he was helpless against Barreiro, who made it 6-0 (111’).
Goals: 1-0 & 4-0 Szalai (20’, 50’), 2-0 Quaison (22’), 3-0 Burkardt (35’), 5-0 Mustapha (94’), 6-0 Barreiro (111’)
Mainz 05: Müller (40’ Zentner, 80’ Dahmen) – Mwene (40’ Baku, 80’ Papela), St’ Juste (40’ Kilian, 80’ Hack), Lavalée (60’ Bell), Aarón (60’ Brosinski) – Latza (60’ Barreiro), Fernandes (60’ Kunde), Boëtius (40’ Ji, 80’ Ji), Quaison (40’ Abass, 80’ Nebel), Burkardt (60’ Öztunali) – Szalai (60’ Mustapha)
Referee: Nicolas Winter
Assistants: Tom Bauer & Marcel Gasteier