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Bruchwegstadion (ATT 28,277) 1st December 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: G Perl

Mainz Mainz vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Mainz 2

N Muller (10)
C Wetklo (S/O 49)
A Szalai (89)

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Hannover 1

C Schulz (28)

Mainz move into top six

Last Updated: 01/12/12 9:15pm

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Adam Szalai netted Mainz's late winner

Adam Szalai netted Mainz's late winner

Ten-man Mainz moved into the top six of the Bundesliga, dislodging opponents Hannover with a spirited 2-1 win at the Coface Arena.

Thomas Tuchel's men took the lead through Nicolai Muller early on, but Hannover levelled before half time through Christian Schulz.

The home team were reduced to 10 men just after the interval when goalkeeper Christian Wetklo was given his marching orders, but they still managed to find a winner in the 89th minute through Adam Szalai.

Mainz were confident after a 3-1 win at local rivals Frankfurt in midweek and set about making it two wins in a row with Shawn Parker dangerous early on.

He set up Muller to give the home team the lead in the 10th minute with his shot saved by Ron Robert Zieler and the ball came back off the post for Muller to poke home.

Hannover responded immediately and were level in the 28th minute when Schulz, while falling to the ground, was still able to divert Lars Stindl's deflected shot over the line.

It remained an open game until a red card for Wetklo, who handled the ball outside the penalty area, put the ball back in Hannover's court.

Mirko Slomka's side were unable to take advantage of having an extra man, though, and it was Mainz who ended the game the stronger.

And they were rewarded with a minute left when Szalai headed in Eugen Polanski's cross.

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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