Karim Onisiwo starred as Mainz recorded their first Bundesliga home win of the season against Cologne 10-man to take third place in the table, on the day at least.
Mainz landed the first significant shot as Jae-Sung Lee volleyed against the crossbar from range. Cologne stumbled to their feet, but fell shortly after when Luca Killian conceded possession and a penalty for running a raging Onisiwo back. Marcus Ingvartsen got it right, sending Marwin Schwäbe the wrong way with his fourth goal in as many competitive matches. Killian was sent off for an early shower in the 28th minute when he received a second yellow card for hindering Onisiwo. Mainz duly made the most of their power play, delivering a quick brace as Dominik Kohr fired in on the second attempt and Anton Stach struck from inside the box.
Timo Hübers saved Onisiwo a shot early in the second half, before Florian Kainz fired a free-kick against the post at the other end. A missed kick from Schwäbe gave Mainz a fourth goal on the hour mark, but substitute Angelo Fulgini’s routine arrival was ruled out after Onisiwo was judged for using his arm to redirect the errant clearance from the Cologne goalkeeper towards his teammate. There was no debate over the 05ers’ next effort as Aaron Martin whipped an unstoppable free kick from 25 yards, Onisiwo drawing the foul from Eric Martel. Substitutes Aymane Barkok and Jonathan Burkardt combined for what they thought was a fifth goal, but VAR intervened one more. Burkardt then became Onisiwo’s supplier to top off a brilliant performance with a clever finish in Schwäbe’s legs.
- Mainz picked up six points from a possible 15 at home, compared to a league-leading 12 from 18 away.
- The 5-0 scoreline equaled the club’s biggest win in the Bundesliga, with a 5-0 triumph at Werder Bremen on December 17, 2019.
- Onisiwo scored his fourth goal of the season, but the first since Matchday 3.
- Ingvartsen scored for the first time in three consecutive Bundesliga games, each effort for 1-0.
- Cologne have lost the league record nine times this season 1-0.
- Martin fended off his second direct free kick of the campaign.
Look: Marcus Ingvartsen – “An Amazing Feeling”
Mainz: Zentner (c) – Fernandes, Hack (Bell 63′), Caci – Da Costa (Widmer 69′), Kohr (Fulgini 46′), Stach (Barkok 77′), Aaron – Lee – Ingvartsen (Burkardt 63′), Onisiwo
Unused subtitles: Dahmen, Barreiro, Tauer, Bobzien
Out: Leitsch (exhaustion), Mustapha (thigh)
Coach: Bo Svensson
Cologne: Schwäbe – Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) (Pedersen 80′) – Skhiri – Martel, Duda, Kainz (Huseinbasic 80′) – Tigges (Dietz 67′), Maina (Schindler 67′)
Unused subtitles: T. Horn, Soldo, Uth, Adamyan, Strauch
Out: Andersson (knee), Chabot (ankle), Lemperle (ankle), Limnios (knee), Ljubicic (knee), Olesen (ankle), Thielmann (ill)
Coach: Steffen Baumgart