'There are no fans, there is no excuse': Cologne smoke as a wasted victory in 'street football'

SEDAN: Suburb star Mark Uth He said the absence of fans was no excuse for throwing a two-goal lead in a troubled 2-2 draw. Mainz Sunday in the Bundesliga .

If you're up 2-0, you have to end things, with or without spectators, scorer Uth raged.

On Saturday, the Bundesliga became the first top European league to return amid the coronavirus pandemic with second-placed Borussia Dortmund beating Schalke 4-0 in the Ruhr derby.

Later Sunday, reigning champion Bayern Munich, who has a one-point lead in his bid to win an eighth consecutive league title, sits in the middle of the Union Berlin table.

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In Suburb , the hosts took an early lead when Uth, on loan from Schalke, converted a penalty with just six minutes gone after the striker was brought down in the area.

With hugs and handshakes prohibited, and fans banned from the ground due to the pandemic, players celebrated with elbow punches.

Suburb added a second goal when Florian Kainz I headed home with a cross in just over half an hour.

However, Mainz came roaring back with an hour played as the visitors knuckled down.

Replacement striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who had only been on for five minutes, tapped home from close range for his first Bundesliga goal.

Then Cameroon midfielder Pierre Kunde floored Suburb and earned a point for Mainz when he beat two defenders and poked the ball past goalkeeper Timo Horn equalize in 72 minutes.

"It was like street football, a huge game for us," said Mainz sports director Rouven Schroeder.

For the first game after so many weeks, it was really good. The boys did not want to be left behind.

The result leaves Mainz on the verge of the relegation places but four points above the bottom three while Suburb are tenth.

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