The centre-back was the 05ers’ hero as they silenced the Purple Bulls in Sunday’s German elite division conflict
Moussa Niakhate was Mainz’s hero after scoring his membership’s solely purpose in Sunday’s 1-0 overcome RB Leipzig in a Bundesliga encounter.
The 25-year-old settled the encounter along with his Thirteenth-minute effort at hand Bo Svensson’s group a successful begin inside Mewa Area.
After ending the 2020-21 marketing campaign in advantageous style to keep away from demotion to Bundesliga 2, Mainz picked up the place they left off to take the lead early.
Making the most of Nordi Mukiele’s lack of ability to clear a nook kick clearly, Niakhate picked up the ball and rifled previous goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
Leipzig practically levelled issues, nonetheless, Niklas Tauer’s last-gasp sort out prevented Christopher Nkunku from wreaking havoc after bursting into the penalty space.
Though Jesse Marsch’s males have been in cruise management, even at that, they have been unable to transform their quite a few corners into objectives.
Within the second half, Paul Nebel was near extending Mainz’s lead, nonetheless, his low drive was stopped effectively by Gulacsi, because the visiting aspect struggled to impress.
On the finish of 90 minutes, it was Leipzig that returned residence with heads bowed low.
Whereas Niakhate was in motion for Mainz from begin to end, Angolan defender Anderson Lucoqui was not listed for motion by supervisor Svensson.
Then again, former France youth worldwide of Guinean origin Mohamed Simakan performed each minute whereas DR Congo prospect Mukiele was handed a starter’s function however was changed by Brian Brobbey within the 82nd minute.
His compatriot Nkunku was subbed off for Dominik Szoboszlai 4 minutes after the hour mark whereas former England youth worldwide of Nigerian background Ademola Lookman didn’t make the matchday squad.
Following their disappointing begin to the brand new season, Marsch’s RB Leipzig can be hoping to bounce again once they host Stuttgart to the Purple Bull Area of their subsequent outing on August 20.
For Mainz, who’ve gained their final 4 video games in all competitions, they journey to Vonovia-Ruhrstadion in a bid to proceed their successful streak versus newly promoted aspect VfL Bochum.
Born in Roubaix to Senegalese dad and mom, Niakhate is eligible to signify Senegal at senior degree regardless of representing France at U19, U20 and U21 degree.
With the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations 5 months away, he might be invited to Aliou Cisse’s Lions of Teranga squad to compete for a spot within the biennial Africa soccer showpiece billed for Cameroon.