TAfter his team’s 1: 3 (0: 3) against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday, rainer Christian Streich from the Bundesliga club SC Freiburg vehemently complained about the referee’s decision on the first goal conceded. “The first goal was incredible,” said the 55-year-old. “That is not the reason we lost, but it is unbelievable.” It was also not the first time this season that a controversial decision was made to the disadvantage of Freiburg.
Jean-Philippe Mateta, who scored all three goals in Mainz’s first win of the season, had fought a robust duel against Freiburg’s Baptiste Santamaria before his opening goal in the second minute. After he had inserted the ball to make it 1-0, the scene was checked – and the goal was ultimately given. “This is not a 50:50 decision, but 100 percent a foul,” said Streich. “It’s brutal when you get a goal like this after a minute and a half.” Regardless of this, his team was “not good enough to beat Mainz on that day,” said Streich and criticized the Freiburg duel behavior. The Baden team remained without a win for the seventh time in a row and are in the table below.
In the meantime, thickly wrapped in a red jacket, Mateta secured the ball as a trophy, briefly flashed his skills and accepted the congratulations of his teammates. Thanks to the highly gifted striker, Mainz 05 draws hope again in the table cellar of the Bundesliga. A hat trick by Mateta within 39 minutes secured the Rheinhessen on Sunday with 3-1 at SC Freiburg their first league win since the “relegation final” of the previous season on June 20 against Werder Bremen.
“I’m very happy with my three goals, but of course it was more important to take the three points with me. That was a team victory, ”said Mateta, who had been suspended during the summer break by former coach Achim Beierlorzer because of some misconduct. In the meantime, the former French junior international shines again with goals, the game was decided in the first half after his three goals (2nd, 34th, 40th minute). Seven goals in eight games – Mateta hits again like in his debut season in the 05ers, before a serious knee injury threw him back last season.
With their first win of the season, the Mainz team gave their last place in the table to FC Schalke 04 and also took some pressure off their coach Jan-Moritz Lichte, who, as the successor to the dismissed Beierzlorzer, was already under criticism after just one point from five games.
Freiburg, for whom only Nils Petersen (63rd) could shorten, remained without a win for the seventh time in a row and are also still fully in the relegation zone. “It was extremely frustrating to be behind after two minutes. We didn’t do well in defense, ”criticized Freiburg’s sports director Jochen Saier, but also felt disadvantaged in some scenes. Especially when he conceded the first goal, Saier complained, like Streich, a foul and a handball by Mateta. “There were two or three scenes. All in all, that’s too much. ”After all, the sports club resisted in the second round. “We have to go through this, stay on course. You don’t get anything for free, ”said Saier.
With their first attack, Mainz took the lead. After a nice through pass from Leandro Barreiro, Mateta headed for the Freiburg goal alone and pushed in from the edge of the penalty area. Subsequently, the home side, whose defense revealed large gaps, did not get the 23-year-old under control at all.
When Müller, on loan from Mainz, let a Robin Quaison shot ricochet forward, Mateta struck again coldly and dusted off to make it 2-0. Six minutes later he pushed in after a fine pass from Boetius from the half-right position to make it 3-0. Seven of the ten goals this season in Mainz have been scored by Matetas. Freiburg, for whom Nicolas Höfler was only substituted on this time after several mistakes in recent weeks, had significantly more possession in the first half, but only a really noteworthy conclusion thanks to Vincenzo Grifo (22nd).
After a somewhat sluggish start into the second half, Petersen brought Freiburg back into the game. Similar to Mateta before, the two-time national player met after a rebound. A short urge phase developed for Baden, but Lucas Höler missed another hit while lying in the six-meter space (72nd). The Mainz team rarely looked for the way forward – and finally brought their first competitive win since the 5: 1 in the first DFB Cup round against the regional league club TSV Havelse on September 11th. Substitute Karim Onisiwo could even have increased it to 4: 1 (87th).