European hopefuls Mainz thrash Gladbach in Bundesliga. With an exhilarating victory over Borussia Monchengladbach by a score of 4-0, Mainz has taken a significant step towards qualifying for European competition. Mainz is now in seventh place, six points behind Eintracht Frankfurt, the leading team in the Conference League zone, prior to the weekend’s matches, which will include a top-of-the-table clash between current leaders Bayern Munich and third-placed Union Berlin on Sunday.
European hopefuls Mainz thrash Gladbach in Bundesliga
In the 25th minute, Danny da Costa stole the ball from Nico Elvedi on the right side of the field and passed it to Jae-sung Lee. Lee finished the playoff with a header to break the deadlock in the match. The lead for the home team was increased by Marcus Ingvartsen early in the second half after Gladbach once again failed to hold possession of the ball. Then, in the 72nd minute, Ludovic Ajorque scored his first goal of the season for Mainz, and Nelson Weiper struck a goal in stoppage time to finish off the scoring.
“It was a fine win today, the third in a row. It feels really good,” Mainz sporting director Martin Schmidt told.
“It has to do with a lot of passion and work. It’s crazy what the boys are delivering at the moment,” he added.
Gladbach, ninth in the table, has other concerns besides the defeat after keeper Jonas Omlin had to be subbed off due to an injury while trying to save Lee’s header.
“After a 4-0 in Mainz, you can say whatever you want, but everything feels like s…,” a very disappointed Christopher Kramer said.
“Every positive word you can say after you lose a game feels wrong. It makes no sense to talk about it.”
Coach Daniel Farke echoed his words: “Not many positive things to say, we have to be critical of ourselves.”