Mainz win 3-2 against local rival Darmstadt in German Bundesliga
Darmstadt forward Sandro Wagner missed a penalty with the last kick of the game as visiting Mainz won their Bundesliga derby 3- 2 on Friday.
Mainz midfielder Stefan Bell opened the scoring with a header from a free kick in the 15th minute. Eight minutes later Yunus Malli made it 2- 0 with his sixth goal of the season.
Marcel Heller pulled one back with an outstanding strike in the 27th. The Darmstadt forward had his back to goal, turned one way then another to evade two defenders before hitting a dipping shot into the top right corner.
Marco Sailer equalized in the 57th, only for Pablo de Blasis to claim the winner seven minutes later on the rebound after Japan striker Yoshinori Muto’s initial effort was saved.
Wagner had the chance to claim a draw for Darmstadt when Luca Caldirola went down under Gonzalo Jara’s challenge in the fourth minute of injury time, but the forward blazed the ball well over from the spot.
“We’d have gladly taken the point if it had gone in, but if we’re being honest it wasn’t really deserved,” Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster said. TV replays showed there had been little contact for the foul and Mainz was on top for most of the game.
It was only the second defeat for Darmstadt on its return to the Bundesliga after 33 years.
“We’ll get up again, that’s our mentality,” said Sailer, who vowed not to shave off his full beard until the side had secured Bundesliga survival at least.
Mainz climbed provisionally fifth ahead of the rest of the eighth round.
Lille beat fellow struggler Montpellier 2- 0 to record only its second win in nine Ligue 1 matches on Friday.
Lille scored in controversial circumstances two minutes from halftime when Sofiane Boufal converted a spot kick after he was adjudged to have been tripped as he ran into the penalty area. Television replays showed the Lille midfielder appeared to have dived.
Djibril Sidibe doubled Lille’s lead shortly after the hour with a superb finish into the far side of the net.
Montpellier was offered a way back into the match when Sebastien Corchia nudged Quen- tin Cornette in the back. Ryad Boudebouz’s penalty crashed off the left post and the Algeria international fired in the rebound but it was disallowed as no other player had touched the ball.
Getafe held Celta Vigo to a 0- 0 draw in the Spanish league on Friday.
Celta began with fast- passing charges forward that forced Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to save Iago Aspas’ close- range shot in the 10th minute. Aspas beat Getafe’s offside trap a minute later but his shot bounced off the near post.
Argentina defender Santiago Vergini earned a yellow card in the 43rd when he obstructed Aspas’ forward pass with his hand, stopping a move which would have left the Celta forward alone facing Guaita.
Celta forward Manuel “Nolito” Agudo was unable to improve on his league- leading eight- goal tally when Guaita saved two good shots in the 65th.
Getafe broke forward on the counterattack in the 71st but Stefan Scepovic’s header bounced off the top off the crossbar.