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Kevin Trapp: His energy was not needed for a long time. In the second half, he was on the spot twice: the goalkeeper prevented a header from da Costa; Onisiwo could not overcome him either.
Almamy Touré: Maintained his concentration. Avoided significant mistakes. For him, this is progress.
Tuta: This time in the role of the defensive chief. Provided the assist for Buta's dream goal. Passable appearance.
Evan Ndicka: Often master of the situation. Showed commitment and toughness in the duel.
Buta: Offered a lot. His brilliant shot on goal was reminiscent of Marco van Basten. In this form, a bull's eye.
Sebastian Rode: Played his part in making it 3-0 through Kolo Muani. Was effective. The break in Hoffenheim was good for him.
Djibril Sow: With his running strength and joy in tackles, he helped to ensure that Mainz hardly got into the game. However, his long-range shots need to be more targeted.
Christopher Lenz: Had da Costa on his side under control. Fluctuated between good and very moderate actions. This makes him vulnerable.
Daichi Kamada: Was fouled and converted the penalty to make it 1-0. As a ball thief, he set up Kolo Muani's goal. Much more dominant and eager to play than in the weeks before. Blossoms again before he leaves.
Mario Götze: His deflected shot landed on the crossbar. With a lot of drive and creative power. A win.
Randal Kolo Muani: Scored his 14th Bundesliga goal. Caused the opponent big problems with his power and assertiveness.
Jesper Lindstrøm: Came into play for Kolo Muani. Not the old one yet.
Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe: Was allowed to run for Rode. Didn't act confidently.
Makoto Hasebe: Played instead of Touré. Was hardly promoted.
Paxten Aaronson: Replaced Kamada. Remained without any significant action.
Timothy Chandler: Got a few minutes for Buta. He couldn't make much of a difference.
Robin Zentner: Didn't look good at 0-2, but couldn't expect Buta to shoot into the short corner.
Edimilson Fernandes: Uncertain before the break, solid later with attempts to contribute offensively.
Stefan Bell: Defensively, the most stable Mainzer, blocked balls, threw himself into shots.
Andreas Hanche-Olsen: Very weak appearance. The 0-2 defeat was his fault because he only accompanied Buta instead of attacking him. He also caused the penalty to make it 0-1.
Danny Da Costa: Without accents on the right outer lane. His loss of possession initiated the 0:1.
Anton Stach: Gave Mainz's first shot on goal in the 31st minute. Otherwise, despite an increase after the break together with Lee, no replacement for Kohr and Barreiro.
Jae-sung Lee: Ran a lot, but not very structured. Initiated the 0:3. Otherwise: see Stach.
Aarón: Far from the performances that had brought him into the starting eleven.
Marcus Ingvartsen: With the ball weak in the duel, against the ball anyway.
Karim Onisiwo: Struggled until the final whistle, but was also unlucky with his chance in injury time free in front of Trapp.
Ludovic Ajorque: For a long time, it didn't matter, because hardly any ball strayed to him.
Delano Burgzorg: The Mainz fans don't expect much from him anymore. He lived up to expectations for half an hour.
Aymen Barkok: His heel tricks did not help the 05ers from the 65th minute on.
Anthony Caci: Didn't do much wrong in the short time available.
Nelson Weiper: Came on in the 81st minute, when everything had long since been over, but still hung in and proved once again that he is fully there.
Eniss Shabani: From Mainz's point of view, the winner of the game – the 19-year-old made his nine-minute Bundesliga debut.