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Bruchwegstadion (ATT 28,463) 22nd September 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Weiner

Mainz Mainz vs FC Augsburg FC Augsburg

Mainz 2

A Ivanschitz (10)
A Szalai (25)

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First win for Mainz

Last Updated: 23/09/12 12:47pm

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Mainz players celebrate their victory

Mainz players celebrate their victory

Mainz picked up their first win of the Bundesliga season to leave opponents Augsburg in their wake and struggling towards the bottom of the table.

Andreas Ivanschitz gave Thomas Tuchel's side the lead in the 10th minute and an Adam Szalai goal a quarter of an hour later made it 2-0 and proved enough to earn them all three points.

Augsburg struck the crossbar in the second half, but the Bavarians were always second-best in their third defeat in four games this season as the pressure increases on coach Markus Weinzierl.

A bit of luck contributed to Mainz's opening goal in the 10th minute with Sebastian Langkamp trying to clear the ball as it came on from the left wing, but his clearance hit the knee of Ivanschitz, who unwittingly scored his second goal of the season.

There was no fortune involved in their second goal, though, as Hungary international Szalai did all of the hard work himself.

He received the ball inside the penalty area with his back to goal, but he was able to twist and turn past two Augsburg defenders and slot a shot into the bottom left-hand corner of Mohamed Amsif's goal.

Augsburg could have fallen even further behind five minutes before half-time when Niko Bungert headed against the crossbar from eight yards out.

Szalai brought a fine save out of Amsif as Mainz came close to a third goal midway through the second half, but it was Augsburg who then came close to opening the game up again in the 73rd minute.

Torsten Oehrl turned Tobias Werner's cross on to the crossbar from close range.

It was the closest the Bavarians came to scoring, even though they ended the game with four strikers on the field following the introduction of former Mainz forward Aristide Bance and Giovanni Sio.

Augsburg have just one point so far this season and could drop to the bottom of the table tomorrow if results go against them.

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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 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
8 Hoffenheim 16 23
9 Hannover 96 16 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 16 14