VfB does not reward itself against Mainz with a return to Labbadia – Football

On the 16th matchday of the Bundesliga, Stuttgart drew against Mainz 05. When coach Bruno Labbadia returned, VfB presented itself well, but still fell into the relegation zone.

When coach Bruno Labbadia made his debut, Stuttgart played 1-1 (1-1) against Mainz. Serho Djerassi brought table number 16. In the lead after 36 minutes, Markus Engvartsen equalized with a penalty kick for 05 (40). The 46,000 spectators at the Mercedes-Benz Arena witnessed many good chances in the second half, but there were no more goals.















Vfb with more ball possession, Mainz have better chances

Both teams started the match leisurely after a minute’s silence in front of Pele. VfB initially had more possession and tried to strike attacking accents, but Mainz compacted and narrowed the spaces.

Finn Dahmen, who replaced the injured Robin Zentner in the Mainz goal, easily blocked Silas’ first shot on goal (4). It became really serious for the first time after 15 minutes in front of the Stuttgart goal: after a powerful ball and possession, Leandro Barrero fired a goal from 25 meters, but the ball went just outside the corner of the Stuttgart goal. Goalkeeper Florian Mueller blocked Mainz’s next dangerous shot from Ayman Barcock over the crossbar (25).

Guirassy puts VfB ahead and Ingvartsen equalizes a penalty

Because of Mainz’s offensive efforts, Stuttgart now had space to counter-attack. At first, however, the Swabians lacked both penetrating power and ultimate accuracy. In the 36th minute, Serho Djerassi put in a better performance than a moment before and pushed the ball flat in front of Dahmeen with his right instep on the outside after a powerful pass from Wataru Endo – 1:0 in favor of VfB.

Bo Svensson’s team did not allow himself to be delayed, and in turn came dangerously close to Stuttgart’s goal with Barreiro. Nawiru Ahmada hits the Mainz midfielder on the foot while trying to defend – in the penalty area. Referee Felix Brech decided on a penalty kick after studying the photographs. Markus Engvartsen turned the ball into the right corner (40) to make it 1-1 in the first half.

With so much attacking power Stuttgart hit the bar on both sides

VfB came out of the break with unchanged personnel, but with great attacking power. In the 48th minute, Silas slotted the ball well into the box from the left. Thomas was completely free at the second post, but it came too late and missed Stuttgart’s renewed lead. The hosts then had their next big chance just five minutes later, but Djerassi fired wide from eight metres. “We didn’t hit the goal in the penalty area,” said Waldemar Anton angrily after the match. However, his team made a great match.















In contrast, Bruno Labbadia’s team was lucky because Barcock hit the top of the bar with a powerful shot at high speed (56′). Now the game has really picked up speed and VfB in particular has created one opportunity after another. But Djerassi also hit the crossbar in the 60th minute after setting up Silas.

VfB remains at the landing site

In the last quarter of the hour, Mainz pushed the pace again and, like VfB, didn’t seem content with the draw, but Stuttgart really had big chances. “In the second half we swam and Stuttgart were clearly better,” said 05 coach Svensson. His team was lucky that VfB did not take advantage of the chances.















So it stayed at 1: 1. After the draw, VfB is still in the relegation position, and Mainz remains in tenth place.

Early next Tuesday (8:30 p.m.), the Stuttgart team will continue. In the English week the Swabians have to play at TSG Hoffenheim, Mainz host Borussia Dortmund one day later (6:30pm).

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