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Eintracht-Stadion (ATT 21,880) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Robert Hartmann

E Braunschweig Eintracht Braunschweig vs Mainz Mainz

E Braunschweig 3

D Kumbela (18, 77)
H Nielsen (45+3)


Mainz 1

N Muller (20)

Eintracht Braunschweig keep survival hopes alive with victory over Mainz

Last Updated: 25/03/14 9:21pm

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Domi Kumbela of Braunschweig celebrates his second goal

Domi Kumbela of Braunschweig celebrates his second goal

Eintracht Braunschweig gave their Bundesliga survival chances a monumental lift with a 3-1 victory over high-flying Mainz.

Torsten Lieberknecht's side only had 18 points on the board heading into Tuesday's match, but fine goals from Dominik Kumbela and Havard Nielsen refuelled their ambitions of securing a place in the top flight next season.

But Kumbela's third - and second of the night - was a sensational bicycle kick that was worthy of rubber-stamping the three points.

The clash in Braunschweig took fourth-rating on the Bundesliga card - but there was a substantial amount riding on the encounter.

Perhaps surprisingly considering the league standings - but not undeserved over 18 minutes - the hosts took the lead through captain Kumbela who finished from close range.

The advantage lasted the best part of two minutes until sharp-shooter Muller tapped home Zdenek Pospech's cross-cum-shot from right-back.

But it was the basement boys who went into half-time holding the keys to the three points.

A scrappy set-piece was not cleared on several occasions by the normally ruthless Mainz defence.

Instead, Nielsen snatched at his shot which trundled through the hands of Loris Karius in the visiting goal and sneaked inside the post.

The second 45 minutes played out to Braunschweig's game plan with Mainz unable to carve open a compact home defence.

Even the introduction of Japanese international striker Shinji Okazaki from the bench came to nothing for Thomas Tuchel's men.

Yet the lack of scoring chances was fitting considering Kumbela's top class overhead kick finish on 74 minutes from 12 yards.

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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