Mainz have benefited from a bizarre penalty decision which helped to seal a controversial 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Freiburg in the Bundesliga.
Freiburg’s players had already disappeared down the tunnel for half-time when referee Guido Winkmann referred a potential penalty to the video assistant referee.
Following a delay of around five minutes, Winkmann recalled the visiting players to give the spot kick after ruling that Daniel Brosinski’s cross had been handled by Marc-Oliver Kempf.
Pablo de Blasis duly converted from 12 yards in the seventh minute of first-half added time to give Mainz the lead amid total confusion at the Opel Arena.
The game also had to be delayed at the start of both halves as fans protested against the match being played on a Monday night.