Kevin Akpoguma was also key. The Hoffenheim defender had a good level to clear 11 dangerous balls.
The match was cut short due to the number of fouls committed by both teams. There were a large number of bookings: Kevin Vogt, Dennis Geiger, Sebastian Rudy, Christoph Baumgartner, Kevin Akpoguma and Aymen Barkok.
Mainz manager Bo Svensson proposed a 3-6-1 formation with Robin Zentner in goal; Andreas Hanche-Olsen, Stefan Bell and Edimilson Fernandes on the defensive line; Danny da Costa, Leandro Barreiro, Dominik Kohr, Anthony Caci, Marcus Ingvartsen and Lee Jaesung in the middle; and Ludovic Ajorque in attack.
For its part, Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team took to the field with a 3-5-2 scheme with Oliver Baumann under the three sticks; Ozan Kabak, Kevin Vogt and Kevin Akpoguma in defense; Pavel Kaderabek, Dennis Geiger, Thomas Delaney, Christoph Baumgartner and Angeliño in midfield; and Kasper Dolberg and Andrej Kramaric up front.
Referee Sascha Stegemann was in charge of supervising the game at the MEWA Arena stadium.
On the following date Mainz will face Hertha Berlin as a visitor, while Hoffenheim will play as a visitor against Freiburg.
With this result, the host of the match reaches 35 points and is in seventh place. For its part, the visiting team remains at 19 units and is in sixteenth place in the tournament.
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