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(ATT 14,425) 26th January 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Fritz

Greuther Furth Greuther Furth vs Mainz Mainz

Greuther Furth 0


Mainz 3

A Szalai (53, 84)
Y Malli (65)

Szalai the Mainz attraction

Last Updated: 26/01/13 7:50pm

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Adam Szalai scored two goals for Mainz

Adam Szalai scored two goals for Mainz

Mainz further reduced Greuther Furth's dwindling hopes of playing a second season in the Bundesliga with a convincing win at the Furth Arena.

Two goals from Adam Szalai and a Yunus Malli strike earned Thomas Tuchel's side all three points as Furth - winless at home this season - fell apart in the second half.

The Bavarians held their own during the first 45 minutes but never looked close to landing an historic first home win in the Bundesliga and remained rooted to the foot of the table on just nine points from 19 matches.

Mainz, on the other hand, can dream of European football next term after climbing to fifth spot.

Furth repeated their all-too-familiar tactics of sitting deep and trying to keep things tight at the back. Mainz tried to break them down, but had little success in the first period.

Marcel Risse was brought on by Tuchel during the interval and the tactical change allowed them to finally make the breakthrough in the 53rd minute.

Andreas Ivanschitz's shot was parried by Wolfgang Hesl but the ball landed kindly for Szalai, who scored with the aid of a deflection off Rahman Baba.

The floodgates then opened with Malli doubling Mainz's lead in the 65th minute.

Szalai's effort was blocked on the goal-line by a wall of Furth players, but the rebound was again unfortunate from the home side's point of view as Malli picked up possession and threaded his shot in.

Hesl prevented Risse from making it three in the 72nd minute, but he was powerless to deny Szalai 11 minutes later.

The Hungarian was put through by Risse and he waited for Hesl to commit before lifting the ball over him and into the back of the net.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15