Preview - Mainz vs Borussia Dortmund 13 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 12, 2017, 10:02 PM

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Mainz vs Borussia Dortmund

A new era beckons for Borussia Dortmund, who are now managed by Peter Stoger. The Yellow & Brigade bade farewell to Peter Bosz following a 2-1 home loss to Werder Bremen on Saturday, which saw them slip out of the top-six zone. They are still without a win in eight league matches, a first in nearly 18 years.

Stoger's appointment was instantaneous. The last head coach to be hired so soon after losing his previous job was Felix Magath, who took over at Wolfsburg just two days after leaving Schalke in 2011.

Mainz, though, are unlikely to be in a generous mood with all four of their victories this season coming on home turf.
BVB have lost just one of their last 14 games against Mainz, winning 11.

Several Dortmund big names are still out injured, including Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Maximilian Philipp, but attackers Christian Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both fit and set to start once more.

Prediction: Mainz 1-2 Borussia Dortmund


Dec 14, 2017, 11:55 AM Last Edit: Dec 14, 2017, 11:58 AM by Bensergi
Match Stats:

  • Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
  • Shots: 10-15
  • Possession: 43%-57%
  • Corner kicks: 2-6

Mainz had the best early chance of the game, as Suat Serdar unleashed a superb long-distance effort that crashed back off the crossbar. If he was unlucky with that attempt, the 20-year-old really should have put the hosts ahead on 13 minutes, but blasted over the bar after a neat header down from Emil Berggreen. The visitors were enjoying the lion's share of possession but struggling to carve out any genuine chances, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang flashing a volley just wide following a corner. The Gabon captain was then guilty of squandering BVB's best opportunity shortly before half-time, getting in behind the Mainz defence but firing just wide with the outside of his right foot.  

Dortmund began to up the tempo after the interval, with Christian Pulisic rifling a shot just over the bar after a clever one-two with Marcel Schmelzer. Stöger's men then forged ahead on 55 minutes, as Ömer Toprak headed a Shinji Kagawa free-kick onto the post, and fellow centre-back Sokratis slammed in the rebound. Raphael Guerreiro nearly added a second minutes later after Andrey Yarmolenko's cute back-heel, but his shot was straight at Robin Zentner. Mainz had a flurry of chances midway through the half, with Leon Balogun, Daniel Brosinski and Abdou Diallo all going close, but Kagawa had the final word a minute from time. Ten minutes after missing a glorious chance, the Japan international swept in following good work from Aubameyang, to finally secure Dortmund a first Bundesliga win since the end of September.

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