Mainz vs. Freiburg affected by VAR farce, toilet-roll torrent

Referee Guido Winkmann- VAR chaos strikes again as Bundesliga referee hands Mainz 'half-time' penalty

Mainz have benefited from a freakish penalty decision which helped to seal a controversial 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

Daniel Brosinski tried his luck before halftime when his shot took a deflection off Freiburg defender Marc Oliver Kempf's hand.

Winkmann overturned the decision and awarded the hosts a penalty before having to recall the entire Freiburg side and the handful of Mainz players who had left the pitch. "That wasn't the case in this scene, we have to accept that with heavy hearts".

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In the second half, an error from Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow gifted Mainz a second goal when he passed the ball directly to Robin Quaison in the penalty area.

Before the game began, both sets of fans waved signs reading "against Monday games" and a cocophony of whistles and vuvuzelas provided a constant soundtrack throughout the 90 minutes.

The confusion continued after the break, as fans threw toilet rolls onto the pitch in protest against Monday night games, delaying the restart by several minutes.

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So, about Mainz vs. Freiburg.

Nils Petersen hit the woodwork for the visitors late on but it was already too late as Christian Streich's side stretched their run without a win to seven games. Six minutes and 44 seconds after the first 45 minutes were up, Pablo de Blasis stroked home to put his side a goal up and to allow both teams to head off the pitch for half-time again.

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