Witness the full playback and highlights of the Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz match. This encounter took place during the Germany Bundesliga 2023/2024 season on Matchday 16. The action kicked off at 19:30 GMT on Tuesday, Dec 19, 2023.
The match was officiated by Marco Fritz from Germany and was hosted at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK in Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz Full Match Reports
Borussia Dortmund experienced a further setback in their pursuit of the Bundesliga top-four, settling for a 1-1 draw against struggling Mainz at Signal Iduna Park. This extended Die Schwarzgelben’s disheartening league form to merely one victory in their last eight matches (D4, L3).
With just one league win since mid-October, Edin Terzić’s squad found themselves trailing by five points behind the top four as they approached the final matchday before Christmas. A home clash against 17th-placed Mainz seemed favorable, and the hosts initiated the game with several chances in the opening quarter-hour. Jamie Bynoe-Gittens unleashed a powerful strike against the bar from inside the box, and Donyell Malen’s low effort was brilliantly thwarted by Daniel Batz in the visitors’ goal.
The dominance continued as the first half progressed, culminating in Dortmund breaking the deadlock in the 28th minute. Julian Brandt curled in a brilliant free-kick beyond the outstretched dive of Batz. However, Dortmund missed a chance to double their lead three minutes later when Marcel Sabitzer’s attempt struck the woodwork. This near miss proved costly as Sepp van den Berg headed home from Philipp Mwene’s delivery just before halftime, securing a surprise equalizer for Mainz.
Eager to regain control, Dortmund started the second half aggressively, with Malen once again denied by the impressive Batz. Despite Dortmund’s pressure, the Mainz defense held firm, restricting the hosts to half-chances. Terzić introduced positive changes to spark the hosts’ attack, but a late winner remained elusive as Mainz secured a hard-earned share of the spoils. The result extends Dortmund’s winless streak to six matches across all competitions (D4, L2), putting Terzić under increasing pressure, while Mainz avoids defeat for only the second time in the last six encounters.
Man of the Match: Daniel Batz (Mainz).