VAR, toilet paper steal the show in Mainz-Freiburg duel

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 17, 2018 14:36 hrs

Mainz (Germany), April 17 (IANS) FC Mainz prevailed 2-0 over SC Freiburg in a Bundesliga relegation duel that saw the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) signal a penalty after both sides had already gone to the dressing room for halftime.

The human referee, Guido Winkmann, blew the whistle after Freiburg cleared a Daniel Brosinski cross here on Monday night, reports EFE news agency.

Moments later, however, the VAR detected a hand ball by a visiting defender and Winkmann had to recall the players to the pitch.

Pablo de Blasis converted from the spot to put the hosts up 1-0.

Following the break, a group of fans showered one of the goals with rolls of toilet paper as part of continuing protests at stadia across Germany over the Bundesliga's decision to start scheduling matches on Monday night.

Freiburg never threatened and De Blasis made it 2-0 in the 79th minute courtesy of a mistake by visiting keeper Alexander Schwolow.

The outcome leaves both clubs with 30 points from 30 matches, but Mainz climb out of the drop zone by virtue of a better goal differential over Freiburg, who suffered their fourth consecutive loss.



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