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Bruchwegstadion (ATT 28,067) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: G Winkmann

Mainz Mainz vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

Mainz 3

A Szalai (21, 46, 64)

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Three and easy for Mainz

Last Updated: 27/10/12 4:44pm

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Adam Szalai celebrates his first goal.

Adam Szalai celebrates his first goal.

Adam Szalai scored a hat-trick as Mainz beat Hoffenheim 3-0 to make a push up the Bundesliga table.

Szalai was on target in the 21st, 46th and 64th minutes to increase his season's goal tally to seven.

Mainz jumped to 14 points with the victory while Hoffenheim - who have the worst defensive record in the league with 20 goals conceded - remained on just eight points.

Hoffenheim were close to taking the lead after 12 minutes but Joselu could only fire into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Mainz forged ahead nine minutes later with Junior Diaz crossing from the left to Szalai, who outjumped Marvin Compper and headed home.

The visitors nearly equalised in the 37th minute following a counter-attack, but Joselu redirected Roberto Firmino's cross just wide of the far left post.

Mainz doubled their lead just 19 seconds after the restart as defender Jannik Vestergaard could not control a ball and Elkin Soto played forward to Szalai, who beat Hoffenheim goalkeeper Tim Wiese.

Hoffenheim had a chance to cut the deficit to 2-1 but Mainz goalkeeper Christian Wetklo fended away Takashi Usami's shot in the 61st minute.

Szalai completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute by heading home Nicolai Muller's corner, the first competitive treble of his senior career.

Hoffenheim had one final chance in the 88th minute but Wetklo saved a header by Swiss substitute Eren Derdiyok to secure the clean sheet.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19