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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 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 29 42
6 FC Augsburg 29 42
7 Werder Bremen 29 38
8 Hoffenheim 29 37
9 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 29 25