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German Bundesliga

Bruchwegstadion (ATT 27,000) 29th January 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Schmidt

Mainz Mainz vs SC Freiburg Freiburg

Mainz 3

M Choupo-Moting (3, 17)
E Polanski (pen 6)


Freiburg 1

D Fallou (S/O 4)
P Krmas (68)

Mainz return to winning ways

Sensational opening 17 minutes sets up victory

Last Updated: 29/01/12 7:24pm

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Mainz secured their first Bundesliga win since November after three goals in the opening 17 minutes earned them a 3-1 win over 10-man Freiburg.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put the home side ahead in the third minute and three minutes later Eugen Polanski doubled Mainz's lead from the penalty spot in an incident that also saw Freiburg defender Fallou Diagne was sent off.

Choupo-Moting netted his second and Mainz's third 11 minutes later as the hosts looked on course to record a huge win, but they were unable to add to the scoreline after that and bottom club Freiburg managed to pull a goal back through Pavel Krmas in the 68th minute.

Nevertheless, the result saw Mainz pick up their first league triumph since their shock win over Bayern Munich back in November.

Mainz could hardly have dreamed of a better start as they had the points all but wrapped with only a quarter of the match gone.

Red card

They took the lead when Elkin Soto claimed possession in midfield before passing forward to Polanski, whose through-ball found Choupo-Moting for an easy finish from 14 yards out.

Mainz were then awarded a penalty moments later as Diagne took down Adam Szalai in the area and was shown a red card. Polanski stepped up to the spot and put Mainz further ahead with a shot into the right corner.

Choupo-Moting struck a second time in the 17th minute, running onto a pass by Marco Caligiuri and beating Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to the far left corner.

With the points virtually secured, Mainz did not push forward much thereafter as Freiburg looked to mainly avoid conceding more goals.

The visitors finally had a good chance in the 68th minute and took advantage of it with Krmas slotting in Michael Lumb's corner.

Freiburg's goal woke up Mainz, but Baumann turned over Nicolai Muller's long-range effort in the 70th minute and Choupo-Moting shot wide right three minutes later as the match finished 3-1.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15