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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)


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 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