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Coface Arena (ATT 33,507) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

Mainz Mainz vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

Mainz 2

S Okazaki (30)
C Moritz (44)

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Nurnberg 0

Mainz boost Euro hopes

Last Updated: 26/04/14 6:07pm

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Christoph Moritz celebrates seakling victory for Mainz

Christoph Moritz celebrates seakling victory for Mainz

Mainz closed in on Europa League qualification and pushed Nurnberg a step closer to relegation with a 2-0 win at the Coface Arena.

Shinji Okazaki became the most prolific Japanese player in a single Bundesliga season as he put Thomas Tuchel's men in front after half an hour with his 15th goal of the campaign.

Christoph Moritz added a second to seal the points and earn them a seven-point advantage over eighth-placed Augsburg, who now need to respond against Hamburg on Sunday to have any chance of denying Mainz a place in Europe.

But, after a ninth defeat in their last 10 games which left them six points from safety, Nurnberg look destined for the drop under new coach Roger Prinzen.

Prinzen took over from Gertjan Verbeek on Wednesday and one of his first changes was to restore Timothy Chandler to the starting XI.

His side started with purpose and confidence, albeit without threatening. It seemed their game plan was to keep things tight at the back and they succeeded for half-an-hour.

A long-range shot from Elkin Soto was the closest Tuchel's men got to breaking the deadlock until Okazaki headed in Johannes Geis' curling free-kick.

The goal was a visible blow to Nurnberg's morale and they risked going further behind as Moritz and Soto both missed chances to extend the lead.

Just before half-time, Mainz did so as a corner from the left was not cleared fully by the Nurnberg defence, the ball falling to Moritz to fire home his second goal of the season into the bottom left-hand corner.

Mainz controlled the game throughout the second half and were always closer to a third than Nurnberg were to a consolation.

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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