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1. FSV Mainz 05 – 1. FC Köln 5: 0: Clap after an early dismissal! Zero-fives shoot billy goats

The home curse is broken: The furiously playing FSV Mainz 05 won a place in the Champions League for at least one night with their first win of the season in front of their own fans. Coach Bo Svensson’s team also deservedly won 5-0 (3-0) against 1. FC Köln, equaled the highest win in first division history and stormed into the top flight of the Bundesliga.

Marcus Ingvartsen (11th, penalty kick), Dominik Kohr (35th), national player Anton Stach (40th), Aaron Martin (73rd) and Karim Onisiwo (83rd) rewarded the Rheinhessen for a strong performance, two more Mainz goals were scored revoked after video evidence. Steffen Baumgart’s team from Cologne found no remedy after the early yellow-red card against ex-Mainzer Luca Kilian (28th, repeated foul play).

“We knew it was time to finally get three points at home. It was really a nice game, I’m really proud of the squad. But we have to stay grounded now,” said Onisiwo DAZN. Cologne’s Florian Kainz, on the other hand, was served: “That was a used evening. Another early deficit, again self-inflicted, then self-damaged again – we have to stop that.”

“When I look at the first half hour, we were really good. The yellow-red card puts us behind,” said Baumgart and, despite the clear defeat, struck up a conciliatory tone: “That the boys still ran and until resisted at the end – they didn’t let themselves down – that’s what I want to see. The fact that I got 5-0 in the ass today is just the way it is. Unfortunately, that’s part of it. We have to get through it.” Still, he said: “I’ll tick this game off very, very quickly.”

Steffen Baumgart: “That annoys me”

Baumgart sent Florian Kainz back onto the field from the start after a yellow-red suspension – and made a clear demand of his team. Once not falling behind was the motto after FC had to go 0-1 down eight times this season.

“It’s not the first time we’ve been outnumbered. That didn’t happen to us last year, four times this season. We conceded a goal or two every time. That doesn’t happen in training when we’re outnumbered “said Baumgart: “It annoys me. We made it too easy for the opponent in the situations. There is no excuse for that. We have to work on that and something has to happen from the head.”

The Cologne plan was thrown overboard early in front of 31,610 spectators. In a wild early phase, Mainz’s Jae-Sung Lee (2nd) hit the crossbar before Kilian Onisiwo fell in the penalty area. Ingvartsen converted safely from the point.

National coach Hansi Flick then saw an intense game with a lot of speed and a strong Stach. Cologne had a top-class chance to equalize through Steffen Tigges (14th), but after the second foul against Onisiwo the overwhelmed Kilian flew off the field – and Mainz managed almost everything with a majority.


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