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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 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