- A hat trick from Danny Latza turns the match for a battling Mainz.
- The home side get their first win after three straight losses.
- Hamburg’s four-match unbeaten run snapped.
Goals:0-1 Wood (21’), 1-1 Latza (35’), 2-1 Latza (56’), 3-1 Latza (67’)
Bobby Wood opened the scoring for the visitors in the 21st minute, collecting a diagonal ball from Mattias Ostrzolek with a deft touch with his left, and then shooting hard with his right to beat Mainz keeper Jonas Lössl at the near post. HSV nearly doubled their lead after Nicolai Müller latched onto the rebound of Filip Kostic’s shot but his effort hit the crossbar. They’d come to rue the miss - Latza put the home side level after Hamburg defender Douglas Santos made a hash of a clearance to tee up the midfielder to place it deftly inside the far post.
The Zero-Fivers had gone into the break on surer footing, and kept up their good form after the re-start. Danny Latza added a second goal to his career tally when he found his way to the rebound of Karim Onisiwo’s shot in the 56the minute. Once again, Latza struck a low hard shot inside the far post. Amazingly, Latza completed a hat trick 11 minutes later with a rocket from the edge of the area to make it 3-1.
Man of the match
Latza entered the match as a journeyman midfielder who had played more matches in the second division than the first and who had never managed to score in the top flight. Today, his three goals - all of them superbly struck - turned the match for Mainz.
Mainz got their first win since Matchday 11 here, and will be gunning to keep moving up the table when they go to Frankfurt for the Main Derby on Tuesday.
-Latza’s scored his first, second, and third Bundesliga goals in this game.
-Wood’s opener was his third goal of the season, and first since Matchday 2.
-Hamburg allowed Mainz 12 shots inside their penalty area.
Mainz:Lössl - Donati, Bell (c), Hack, Brosinski - Ramalho (Frei 83’), Latza (Bussmann 90’) - Onisiwo (Öztunali 76’), Malli, De Blasis - Cordoba
Coach: Martin Schmidt
HamburgMathenia - Diekmeier (Waldschmidt 71’), Spahic, Jung, Santos - Sakai (c), Ostrzolek - Müller, Gregoritsch (Hunt 71’), Kostic - Wood (Lasogga 84’)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Watch: Latza says he would have been happy with one goal!: