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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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Table

German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 12 30
2 Wolfsburg 12 23
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 12 20
4 Bayer Leverkusen 12 20
5 Hannover 96 12 19
6 FC Augsburg 12 18
7 Schalke 12 17
8 Hoffenheim 12 17
9 Mainz 12 16
10 SC Paderborn 07 12 16
11 Cologne 12 15
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 15
13 Hertha Berlin 12 14
14 SC Freiburg 12 12
15 Hamburg 12 12
16 Borussia Dortmund 12 11
17 Werder Bremen 12 10
18 Stuttgart 12 9