Eintracht vs. Mainz 05 isn't a derby. We get it. But.....can we at least call it a ....I don't know... friendly crosstown rivalry? All-time between these two (38 Matches across all competitions) shows Eintracht with a narrow 15-10-13 record against the brothers from across the river. Mainz has both broken our hearts late in the season the last two years (beating us on Matchday 30 in 2020, and Matchday 33 in 2019), and helped Eintracht secure a Europa League position by beating Hoffenheim on Matchday 36 in 2019. Because of recent runs, and the importance of these games, late-season matchups against Der Karnevalsverein give me great amounts of gastric discomfort. I don't really care what the proper decorum is in this situation anymore, I can't stand playing Mainz, and while I generally hope they do well enough to stay up and we need them to win out, I don't like them. Respect to them, but no love.
This team man.....ugh.
The opening 15 minutes of play set a bad tone:
Mainz '05's back line looked world-class (and they aren't)
Danny Da Costa and Dominik Kohr were difference-makers.
Dominik Kohr was better than Rhode or Kamada. 23 Pressures 4 tackles, and a tremendous pass to Onisiwo for the goal. Kohr was a pest in the midfield the entire game. Rode provided mostly nothing in his 28 minutes of play, and gave way to Hrustic who brought more of an attacking mindset. Kamada didn't play well, missed extra passes several times, and was lazy to the ball at times. I have been hoping both of these guys would come back for depth next year. With the way they have played since going to Mainz that looks doubtful.
Eintracht dominated the last 15 minutes, but couldn't find the net.
Starting with Trapp's extremely gutsy save on Onisiwo's breakaway, Eintracht completely took over. Silva's chance in the 92nd minute barely missed both the goal and Hinti's foot at the back post. The Eagles were not only were finding quality combinations and build-up (not just playing long balls for St. Jude to chase down) and moving without the ball. Zuber had a super opportunity just moments before but waited too long on the ball and the defense was able to rotate over and get in the way. Younes completely jump-started the attack, and if he's healthy enough to start next week he must start. Timmy Chandler was a massive upgrade on the right flank. The week after signing a new contract extension Timmy had an obvious difference in the threat on the right side and balanced Kostic out. You really expected SGE to find that final goal and pull this one out.
There were also several missed calls down the stretch. Timmy Chandler's foul inside the box off of Younes' cross was highly questionable. Right after that, Jovic got called for a hook which also was iffy. Both guys were fighting for positioning, and Jovic should have had the right to turn with the ball there. Silva got taken down just outside the box