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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 30 76
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 30 55
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 30 42
6 FC Augsburg 30 42
7 Hoffenheim 30 40
8 Borussia Dortmund 30 39
9 Werder Bremen 29 38
10 Mainz 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 36
12 Cologne 30 35
13 Hertha Berlin 30 34
14 SC Freiburg 30 30
15 Hannover 96 30 29
16 Hamburg 30 28
17 Stuttgart 30 27
18 SC Paderborn 07 29 27