|Daniel Brosinski's 86th-minute penalty|
Daniel Brosinski's 86th-minute penalty saved a dramatic 1-1 draw for Mainz and robbed troubled Hanover of a much-needed win in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Visitors Hanover accused Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta of diving to win the penalty, and were left fuming after the video assistant did not intervene on their behalf.
It was clearly the incorrect decision," Hanover’s Matthias Ostrzolek told Sky. "Mateta told us himself that he had dived. I said that if he was a true man he would visit the referee and own up."
|Hartmann was forced to suspend the game|
The second of two hotly controversial penalty decisions in the game, Brosinski’s late equaliser left Hanover second from bottom in the Bundesliga table, and doomed them to a 20th consecutive away game without a win.
Hanover got off to an ideal start when Hendrik Weydandt put them ahead on 12 minutes, turning in a deflected cross from Genki Haraguchi.
A resurgent Mainz had a penalty appeal waved away after the ball struck the hand of Hanover defender Kevin Wimmer simply before the 30 minutes mark. Referee Robert Hartmann upheld his decision after a var review.
Hartmann was forced to suspend the game for several minutes early in the last half as flares in the away block stuffed the stadium with smoke. however Mainz remained unfazed, and continued to push for an equaliser.
The home team were finally rewarded on 83 minutes after they got the controversial penalty. Tempers increasing as Hanover protested the decision, before Brosinski nervelessly slotted the ball in.
Anthony Ujah seemed to have won the game for Mainz with a header in added time, but his celebrations were cut short as the goal was ruled out for offside . A second yellow card for Oliver Sorg, though, place the final flourish on a bitter afternoon for Hanover.