Markus Gisdol made two changes to the line-up that started in the defeat to VfL Wolfsburg last week. Florian Kainz and Sebastian Andersson replaced Ismail Jakobs and Dominick Drexler.
Bo Svensson also opted for two changes from the team that began the match last week against Arminia Bielefeld. Daniel Brosinski missed out with injury and was replaced by Danny da Costa, while Karim Onisiwo started in place of Robert Glatzel.
FC had the first opening of the game through Ondrej Duda, who fired over after a promising move down the left side. Despite the early promise from Markus Gisdol’s men, it was Mainz who went ahead. Leandro Barreiro picked up the ball on the right-hand side before passing into the middle and Jean-Paul Boetius, who fired first time in off the underside of the bar.
FC picked up from there and used that as a wake-up call. Sebastian Andersson had two huge chances to level the game, as he fired narrowly past the far post after some smart control. Another good touch had the Swede one-on-one with Robin Zentner, but the final finish was missing as he went agonisingly close once again. Rafael Czichos also headed just wide in a period of pressure.
Mainz then had two massive opportunities of their own. Moussa Niakhaté was denied superbly one-on-one by Timo Horn and the FC goalkeeper did enough to put off Barreiro before he managed to pull the trigger. After having one penalty appeal turned down on Ondrej Duda, a second was awarded for handball. Duda was the man to step up and confidently converted to level the game.
Both sides traded blows at the start of the second period, but not before Ismail Jakobs and Jannes Horn replaced Kingsley Ehizibue and Noah Katterbach at half-time. Jonathan Burkardt had to be brought off after a lengthy treatment for a head injury. FC went close when Marius Wolf headed at goal at the near post, though Robin Zentner made a good reaction save.
FC did, however, go ahead moments later. A superb free-kick from Jonas Hector found Ellyes Skhiri at the back post, who headed in from close range to see the hosts edge into the lead. The joy would be short-lived, though. Mainz managed to get Boetius into space on the left and his ball across found Karim Onisiwo, positioned perfectly to slide into the back of the net.
Markus Gisdol’s charges had the better of proceedings late on, though Jannes Horn and Tolu Arokodare could only find the side-netting. There would be a late goal and it fell to Mainz as space opened up and Barreiro found the bottom corner from the edge of the area. FC’s next game is against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening at 18:30 CEST.
1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): T. Horn – Ehizibue (Jakobs 46‘), Meré (Bornauw 78‘), Czichos, Katterbach (J. Horn 46‘) – Skhiri, Hector – Wolf, Duda (Rexhbecaj 69‘), Kainz – Andersson (Arokodare 76‘).
1. FSV Mainz 05 (3-4-1-2): Zentner – St. Juste, Bell, Niakhaté – da Costa, Kohr, Barreiro (Hack 90+7‘), Mwene – Boetius (Latza 79‘) – Burkardt (Szalai 55‘), Onisiwo (Quaison 79‘).
Goals: 0:1, Boetius 11’. 1:1, Duda PEN 43‘. 2:1, Skhiri 60‘. 2:2, Oniwiso 65‘. 2:3, Barreiro 90+1’.
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych (München).
Booked: Duda (22’), Katterbach (34’), Mwene (42‘).
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