Mainz claim morale-boosting win

Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05 put in an impressive performance to beat Qabala 2-0 in their final match of the Europa League at the Opel Arena despite the match effectively being a dead rubber.

  • Mainz 2 Qabala 0
  • Hack opens scoring
  • De Blasis adds the second
  • Hosts dominate throughout
  • Both sides knocked out of the competition

Match Summary

Mainz and Qabala began the match knowing that, no matter what the result, both sides would be relegated from the Europa League. However, that did not affect the German side in the slightest as they made short work of their Azerbaijani opposition.

Alexander Hack opened the scoring in the 30th minute before Pablo De Blasis made it 2-0 just 10 minutes later and, if anything, Mainz will be disappointed they were unable to score more as they ran out comfortable winners on the night.

Full Report

The hosts have not been in the best of form of late and were obviously keen to rebuild their confidence against Group C whipping boys Qabala. Going into the match, the German outfit had won just two of their last 10 matches in all competitions.

They began the match on the front foot and should have taken the lead just six minutes in when Fabian Frei timed his run to perfection, arriving late in the box to get on the end of a Andre Ramalho cross, but disappointingly steered his effort wide even though he was under very little pressure.

They continued to test the visitors defence but, by and large, the Qabala back four held firm, limiting Mainz to shots from long range.

However, that all changed on the half hour mark when Hack found himself in the right place at the right time to pounce on a loose ball in the box before smashing the it into the back of the net.

Just 10 minutes later, the lead was doubled as Giulio Donati lifted an exquisite ball into the box for De Blasis, who rose above his marker and hit a powerful header into the bottom left corner to double the home side’s advantage.

At that stage it seemed as if the flood gates were about to open and Dmytro Bezotosny had to be at his athletic best to pull off a diving save to deny an accurate low drive from Jairo Samperio.

Frei then thought he’d scored the goal of the tournament as he hit a wicked first-time drive that looked destined for the top corner but it veered away at the last second.

In the end, the result had absolutely no bearing on either side’s future in the Europa League, but Mainz will take a lot of confidence into this weekend’s Bundesliga clash against Borussia Monchengladbach after a thoroughly impressive performance.