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Live coverage: 1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund (U19 Championship 2022/2023, Final)




Mid-term conclusion:
The first half of the final of the German A-Junior Championship ends goalless! The U19 teams from Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund fought an intense fight in front of an impressive backdrop in the MEWA stadium, which also offered some highlights in terms of play. The hosts had the better and bigger scoring chances in the first round. Scorer Nelson Weiper missed a free-standing shot from five yards out, Maxim Dal only hit the crossbar with a full-range shot. At the other end, Samuel Bamba in particular posed a threat with his speed and tested 05 keeper Louis Babatz with a solid finish. Let’s continue with the second 45 minutes!



End of 1st half



Yellow card for Tim Müller (1. FSV Mainz 05)

Müller straddles the sidelines at full risk against Bamba. He mainly hits the ball, but that was still ruthless. Yellow!



Again Dennis Kaygin! Against Dortmund, who are currently very passive, the next Mainz shot from long-range flies just under a meter to the left of the housing.



The corner is first clarified, then Maxim Dal deducts from the backcourt. This attempt is also deflected and ends in the next corner.



The Mainz fans create a great atmosphere here and loudly whip their team forward. Dennis Kaygin tries from long range and his right footed shot is saved for a corner.



Paris Brunner pulls into the penalty area via the right wing and lays across to Julian Rijkhoff. The Dutchman delays briefly and is then blocked by two players from Mainz at the very last second.



After an exciting quarter of an hour with many chances to score on both sides, the game is just taking a short break.



Faroukou Cissé gets the next corner kick out for the guests. Michel Ludwig’s weak cross is cleared right at the first post.



There was more in it! Paris Brunner rushes towards the box and past a defender. Instead of taking Bamba with him on the right, Brunner then takes the shot himself, but slips away and doesn’t get the ball on goal.


11:30 a.m

On the other side, BVB caused chaos in the Mainz five and poked at keeper Babatz, who ultimately buried the ball.



Slowly but surely, Borussia can be happy that the score is still 0-0. after an unsuccessful clarification action, Maxim Dal bangs the ball from 17 meters with a crash on the crossbar! Nelson Weiper chases the margin just over it.



05 keeper Louis Babatz shoots a teammate in an attempt to free himself, but is lucky that the ball bounces back to him. That could also have been eye-opening.



What a possibility! Justus Götze hits a sharp cross from the right half field and en five, where Nelson Weiper breaks away from two defenders and comes to the end directly in front of Marian Kirsch completely free. The striker himself can not believe that his volley shot a meter over the box. He has to go in!



After a counterattack from Mainz, Nelson Weiper crosses from the right into the middle and finds Dennis Kaygin on the penalty, who takes a little too long to finish and is blocked.



Borussia is now picking up and building up real pressure for the first time. Again and again the ball flies into the Mainz penalty area and the hosts can hardly get out of their own half.



First big chance for BVB! Samuel Bamba picks up speed on the right side, beats two players from Mainz and pulls powerfully from 15 meters. Louis Babatz masters his first task brilliantly and deflects the ball over the crossbar.



It’s been a very entertaining and fast-paced game so far. There is little sign of nervousness on either side. The game is currently characterized by many gripping duels in midfield.



The next corner ends up in the arms of goalkeeper Marian Kirsch.



After a corner kick from the right, Brajan Gruda touches a Dortmund player on the second post. On the one hand it was from a very short distance and on the other hand there is no VAR here who could overrule referee Ben Uhrig. So there is another corner kick.



Dennis Kaygin needs treatment for a while after a collision. The Mainz midfielder can apparently continue.



After a chip ball into the box, Nelson Weiper makes his first appearance. The striker, who was also on the bench with the pros in the 3-1 win against Bayern yesterday, takes the ball down sharply, but is then stopped by BVB captain Nnamdi Collins.



BVB coach Mike Tullberg had respect for the intensity of the Mainz team beforehand. That is no coincidence, because so far the Rheinhessen are significantly better in the duels.



The home side come into play well. After just a few seconds, Brajan Gruda tanks up for the first time in the pits, but cannot find a conclusion. Lovis Bierschenk takes care of that a little later, but he doesn’t really test keeper Kirsch with his shot from 16 meters.



The ball rolls! Mainz 05 traditionally plays in red, BVB just as classic in black and yellow.


The atmosphere in the MEWA Arena is terrific. At least 15,000 spectators have probably found their way into the stadium and ensure a real final atmosphere. In the meantime, the obligatory national anthem has faded away and the choice of seats is pending. This final for the German A-Junior Championship will start in a few minutes!


Mainz coach Benjamin Hoffmann, who worked for BVB himself until 2019, sees his team as an outsider, but still emphasizes: “There is a lot of euphoria in the team. Everyone notices that something big is coming up.” Borussia coach Mike Tullberg promised: “Of course we’ll do everything we can to win the title. That would be the icing on the cake.”


The hosts have to do without their regular goalkeeper Aki Koch, who saw yellow-red in the semifinals. That’s what Louis Babatz stands for between the posts. In attack, Nelson Weiper, among others, should provide goals, who has already scored twice for the pros.


Incidentally, there is more at stake for Mainz this year than just the title. The German champions are also automatically qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Youth League. Since the U19 teams of the 32 Champions League participants are certainly there, the pressure on BVB is less in this regard, as the professionals should probably make it into the top four in the Bundesliga. If the BVB youngsters also secure the title and would thus qualify twice, the free starting place would be passed on to the junior champion of the association next best in the UEFA association coefficient ranking. Means for Mainz: become champions and play youth league or go twice empty-handed.


The Mainz juniors were only allowed to celebrate on the last day of the main round. Chaser Karlsruhe was successfully kept at a distance with a sovereign 7:0 in Trier and so the FSV was able to celebrate the first championship ever in the Stafel in the south/southwest relay. In the semifinals, the 05ers prevailed in two close games against 1. FC Köln. In two games there was only one goal and it was marked by Nelson Weiper. Mainz also reached the semi-finals of the DFB Cup for the U19 teams this season, where they lost 2-1 to FC Schalke 04.


Dortmund made it exciting this year and only secured the championship in the A-Junior Bundesliga West on the last day of the game with a 2-1 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. In the semi-finals, BVB didn’t miss a beat and made everything clear in the first leg with a 4-0 win at Hertha BSC Berlin, so that the 0-1 defeat in the second leg was meaningless. Borussia has also impressed internationally in recent months and reached the quarter-finals in the UEFA Youth League with a win over Paris Saint-Germain. There they lost on penalties against Hajduk Split.


Can BVB do the hat trick? The Dortmund U19s have dominated nationally in the recent past and have been crowned champions in four of the last five seasons. After winning the titles in 2019 and 2022, the black and yellow are now aiming for their third triumph in a row. The Mainz A-Juniors are only in the final for the second time and for the first time since 2009. At that time, the Rheinhessen won the championship with a certain Thomas Tuchel as coach – by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1.


Hello and welcome to the final of the German A-Junior Championship! At 11 a.m., 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund will face each other in the MEWA Arena.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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