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Weserstadion (ATT 38,429) 24th November 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: P Sippel

W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Mainz Mainz

W Bremen 2

E Elia (85)
F Di Santo (90)

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Mainz 3

N Muller (7)
S Okazaki (17, 70)

Mainz hold on for win

Last Updated: 24/11/13 7:00pm

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Shinji Okazaki of Mainz scored twice on Sunday

Shinji Okazaki of Mainz scored twice on Sunday

Shinji Okazaki scored twice as Mainz held off a late Werder Bremen fightback to claim a 3-2 Bundesliga win on Sunday.

Nicolai Muller opened the scoring for the visitors in the seventh minute before Okazaki struck in the 17th and 70th minutes to put them three up.

Eljero Elia pulled a goal back for Bremen in the 85th minute and Franco reduced the deficit to one in the 90th minute, but there was no leveller.

Mainz have now won three of their last four matches to move to within two points of sixth-placed Schalke.

Bremen have lost two in a row and picked up just one victory in their last seven matches.

Mainz started brightly and went ahead when Muller spotted Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz off his line and chipped him from 23 yards.

Mielitz was found wanting again 10 minutes later as Zdenek Pospech's looping shot came off the crossbar and fell to Okazaki, who blasted a shot through the legs of the keeper.

Bremen missed a good chance to get back into the contest in the 22nd minute as Assani Lukimya's header beat Mainz keeper Loris Karius but came back off the right post.

The hosts were close again a minute later as well, but Davie Selke's header went just wide.

And Bremen had a third chance six minutes after the re-start, but Karius made a superb save at the base of the left post from Di Santo's shot.

Karius then produced two fine saves to deny Aaron Hunt in the 67th minute.

Instead, Okazaki killed the contest at the other end, converting a cross from the right from Stefan Bell.

Bremen pulled goal back five minutes from time as Elia fired home from Di Santo's cross.

The pair swapped roles for a second goal in the 90th minute as the Argentinian headed in Elia's cross, but they had left their comeback too late.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
12 Hannover 96 31 35
13 Werder Bremen 30 33
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25