Cape Town - A bizarrely awarded
penalty and a goalkeeping howler helped Mainz to a vital 2-0 victory
over Bundesliga relegation rivals Freiburg on Monday.
nervy first half Mainz took the lead in curious circumstances when they
were given a penalty by Video Assistant Referee system VAR after the
referee had already blown for half-time.
Freiburg's Marc-Oliver Kempf was ruled to have handled the
ball seconds before the whistle, and he and his team-mates were called
back from the dressing room for the penalty to be taken.
Pablo De Blasis kept his cool from 12 yards to give Mainz the lead.
leaves a bitter taste, but we have to accept it with a heavy heart,"
Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Eurosport at half-time.
"We were under the impression that, when the referee blows for half-time, that’s it."
confusion continued after the break, as fans threw toilet rolls onto
the pitch in protest against Monday night games, delaying the restart by
Mainz remained the stronger team in the second
half, and De Blasis wrapped up victory 11 minutes from time after an
embarrassing error from Alexander Schwolow.
The Freiburg keeper
gifted Mainz possession inside his own penalty area, and Colin Quaison
squared the ball to provide De Blasis with an open goal.
saw Mainz move out of the bottom three for the first time since January,
drawing level on points with Freiburg, who drop down into the
relegation play-off place.