FSV Mainz 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Posted on September 24, 2011


LUKAS PISZCZEK made amends for an earlier mistake to score an injury-time winner for Borussia Dortmund in a 2-1 away win at FSV Mainz.

The Polish right-back lost possession in the first-half which allowed Nicolai Muller to bundle the ball past Roman Weidenfeller. But Dortmund were spirited in their second-half display and scored goals through Perisic, and then Piszczek, to take all three points.

Coming off the back of two straight defeats, Thomas Tuchel made three changes to the Mainz side from last weekend with Bo Svensson, Zoltan Stieber and Sami Allagui dropping out for Malik Fathi, Julian Baumgartlinger and Nicolai Muller.

All eyes were on the champions though, who lost in Hannover last weekend, despite being a goal infront going in to the last three minutes of the match. Goals from Karim Haggui and Dider Ya Konan turned the game around and BVB left the AWD-Arena with nothing to show for their efforts.

One of Jurgen Klopp’s three changes was forced with Marcel Schmelzer picking up an injury last matchday and he was replaced by Chris Löwe. Sebastian Kehl and Mario Gotze came in for Antonio Da Silva and Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Dortmund started strongly and forced Mainz keeper Heinz Muller in to a number of saves in the opening 15 minutes of the first-half.

Most of their opportunities were coming from the dangerous corner kicks of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski was denied the opening goal after Muller diverted over the bar.

They continued to pile on the pressure and just a minute later, Neven Subotic headed over from another corner kick by Gotze.

But Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead just after the half hour mark when Dortmund right-back Lukas Piszczek gave the ball away needlessley inside his own box which Nicolai Muller took full advantage of with a good finish from a few yards out.

Die Borussen have had a tough start to the season, losing two games in successive weeks against Hertha and Hannover, but they were squandering opportunities in front of goal with Ilkay Gundogan passing up another good chance after some tidy work from Gotze on the right-hand side.

Dortmund have struggled without their Paraguyan hitman Lucas Barrios this season and Lewandowski missed a great chance which Barrios usually would have taken. The Polish striker was through on goal against Muller but his effort on goal was very weak.

It would have been tempting for Jurgen Klopp to bring on Barrios from the bench with BVB missing so many opportunities and they started the second half in the same vein with a high tempo going forward.

But on 64 minutes, Dortmund equalised after a good cross from Piszczek on the right-hand side found its way through to Croatian attacker Ivan Perisic who got the ball under control and poked it past Heinz Muller to the delight of the travelling fans.

Mainz were uick on the break when Dortmund pushed forward and both Anthony Ujah and Andreas Ivanschitz looked dangerous and only some good defending from Neven Subotic prevented the Austrian midfielder from adding a second.

The visitors piled on the pressure and were rewarded in the last minute of the match when Lukas Piszczek, who was at fault for the Mainz goal in the first-half, struck a right-foot shot which trundled through a ruck of players and past Heinz Muller.

MOTM: Mats Hummels (Dortmund)

Saturday’s full-time scores:

Mainz 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Gladbach 1-0 Nurnberg

Augsburg 0-0 Hannover

Schalke 4-2 Freiburg

Wolfsburg 1-0 Kaiserslutern

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