‘A reward for hard work’ – Mwene revels in maiden Bundesliga goal vs Hertha Berlin

The Kenyan-born Austrian defender is proud of how his game against the old lady went, where he broke his duck in the competition.

Phillipp Mwene is happy to have scored his first goal in German flight overhead as Mainz played a 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin on Monday night.

In the low-scoring affair, Lucas Tousart gave the visitors a 36-minute lead after leading goalkeeper Robin Zentner on Marton Dardai’s free kick.

Four minutes later, the 27-year-old leveled the playing field for the 05ers with an incredible effort that couldn’t be stopped by goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.

With both sides failing to find the net in the second half, the affair at the Opel Arena ended on a note with neither winner nor loser.

After ending his long wait for a Bundesliga goal, the Kenyan player said his industry has finally paid off against Pal Dardai’s side.

He is also delighted that Mainz can bounce back despite the first concession, even though he would have imagined his team picking up all the points at stake.

“We are taking the point with us, although of course we had planned to win today,” said Mwene. the club’s website.

“We started well, could have taken the lead from the start. In contrast, we slept and the least expected happened to us.

“After that, we responded well. I was very happy with my goal, it was a reward for the hard work of the last few weeks.

“Now we have three more games where we want to get out of the relegation zone clearly as soon as possible.”

As a result of the draw, Mainz now sits 12th in the diary of the German elite division after accumulating 35 points in 31 games.

They hope to extend their unbeaten league run to nine when they travel to Deutsche Bank Park for their clash against Adi Hutter’s Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Eintracht Frankfurt – which boasts Angola’s Jabez Makanda and Moroccan Aymen Barkok – is fourth in the paper with 56 points.

A win for them would brighten their chances of securing a Champions League ticket next season.

Mwene joined Mainz from Third Division Kaiserslautern in 2018 on a three-year contract for an undisclosed amount. He is eligible to represent the Harambee Stars on the international stage.

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