Mainz’s Mwene ends Bundesliga wait with Hertha Berlin stunner

The Kenyan defender scored his first goal in the German elite division as the 05ers were content with one point against the Old Lady

Philipp Mwene scored his first Bundesliga goal as Mainz played a 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin in Monday’s league game.

Making his 18th appearance in the 2020-21 campaign, the Austrian-born Kenyan defender has ended his life-long wait for a first strike in Germany’s elite division.

Inspired by his assist in the 05ers’ 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich in their last withdrawal, the 27-year-old found the net to prevent his side from ending their impressive streak.

The old lady threatened with relegation came to the Opel Arena with the ambition of securing a victory – which would ease their demotion worries.

Five minutes into the game, the hosts had the first chance on goal after a well-taken corner from Mwene was knocked over the crossbar by Stefan Bell from ten yards away.

In the ninth minute they had another chance, however, goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow was well placed to save Dominik Kohr’s volley.

Hertha’s first chance of the game came in the 13th minute, but captain Nikla Stark’s header on a corner kick sailed over the crossbar.

Nine minutes before the break, the visitors took the lead thanks to Lucas Tousart who beat goalkeeper Robin Zentner on a well-shot free kick from Marton Dardai.

That lead lasted just four minutes as Mwene’s good looks leveled things for Bo Svensson’s men.

He caught a rebound in front of the visiting team’s goal area before landing a superb strike that was unattainable for Schwolow.

A minute later they almost took the lead, however, Leandro Barreiro failed to pass Moussa Niakhate’s cross.

The next 45 seconds were less hectic but they were still exciting. Although Mainz made four substitutions, they were unable to get all three points as they wasted several scoring opportunities.

The draw did not favor the old lady who is about to be demoted to the second German level.

Mwene paraded from start to finish alongside Senegalese-born French center-back Moussa Niakhate. While the Cameroonian star Pierre Kunde was not listed for the meeting.

Unbeaten in their last eight games of the competition, Mainz remains 12th in the Bundesliga after this result and will travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on May 9.



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