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Magic feet Steffen thrilled the VfL

Dhe needed to talk about this defeat was great. And it is absolutely understandable that above all Robin Zentner demanded a high proportion of speech. The goalkeeper of FSV Mainz 05 was not to be envied for his unfortunate role in the 4-0 defeat in Wolfsburg. Involved in the first goal, closely hindered by their own teammate in the second, pitifully let down by the back team in the third and fourth: The Mainz trip to VfL Wolfsburg remains a fundamental failure, especially for hundredweight. What part he himself had in it will have to be discussed in the middle of the relegation battle of the Bundesliga. “We missed a lot and were always one step too late,” said the 25-year-old Mainz goalkeeper. He called the shot to 0: 1 durable, but not that easy either. He found the overall appearance very modest.

The paid football is and remains strange. The Mainz team had courageously accepted their difficult task in Wolfsburg – at least for a few minutes. They fought for one corner after the other in the initial phase. Around 400 fans, mostly in funny carnival costumes, were amazed. Her favorite team had dared to get off to a stormy start on a windy, uncomfortable Sunday evening. But the hope of something countable was quickly blown away by the Lower Saxony wind. The Wolfsburg made two goals from their first two chances and immediately followed the third goal after the half-time break. The Mainz defensive, including the hundredweight, was the inspiration. The opponent was hesitant or not disturbed at work. “I lacked the absolute will. Such duels, we cannot accept that, ”said FSV head coach Achim Beierlorzer afterwards.

On the bus trip from Wolfsburg back to Mainz there should have been enough discussion material about the tricky scenes on the defensive. Before the 0: 1, Josip Brekalo was hardly disturbed in his long-range shot. In the initiation of the slapstick-like 0: 2 by Renato Steffen Moussa Niakhate and Zentner had disturbed each other. At the latest with this gap at halftime, the initially good impression was waste. In the decisive duels, the Mainz team consistently lost out to 22,000 spectators. Above all, Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel, set up as a right part of a three-way defense chain, looked very unhappy after the game ended. He had started well but lost a decisive duel against Daniel Ginczek from Wolfsburg before the 0-2. While the local VfL cheered happily, Pierre-Gabriel sat perplexed on the muddy lawn and no longer understood the world.

In fact, VfL Wolfsburg has not become known this season for generating a lot of scoring chances with lots of verve and wit. On this rainy evening, of course, everything was different to the disappointment of the people of Mainz. After the break, Yannick Gerhardt and tricky Steffen came to goals three and four for Wolfsburg. Not won a point and further damaged the already bad goal difference: When the Mainz team freshly showered on the way home, there was no sign of active participation in the Fastnacht. “Nevertheless, we will show up and celebrate,” said Beierlorzer. “That is part of our association.”

Against the FSV in trick mode: Renato Steffen scored two goals, the second with a solo including Zidane trick, tunnel and conclusion with the pick.


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