Safe support: goalkeeper Robin Zentner
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He gets angry about goals conceded, but quickly calms down: this calmness has become Mainz's Robin Zentner's trademark. Against Darmstadt they should get points against relegation.

YouThese two games would have been more different. Robin Zentner I can barely run. The one in February, when FSV Mainz 05 was on the verge of taking a point away from league leader Bayer Leverkusen, until the goalkeeper let a ball that he described as quite harmless slip through his fingers and scored 1-2. And those five weeks later at RB Leipzig, in which Zentner became the guarantor of the 0-0 draw. In the second half alone he thwarted the Champions League hopeful's six big chances, two of them before half-time.

This was Zentner's point of view. And it was in his best interest not to focus on his performance: “It was to be expected that he would have a lot to do against a top-level opponent,” he said, referring to his teammates. “I'm happy for the draw and for having kept a clean sheet because we defended with passion. We have fought for it, that is the mentality we need.” The man between the posts for Mainz also comes to the game with this attitude. Darmstadt 98 this Saturday (3:30 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky).

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