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We'll have four minutes of time added on at the end of this game.
Mateta heads the ball down to the substitute in the box, but Kramaric makes a last-ditch block to deny him a shot on target from close range.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Levin Mete Öztunali34.28km/h
HERE COME MAINZ
The home side looking to make the most of their one-man advantage, while Hoffenheim are defending first and countering second.
GEIGER SENT OFF
The Hoffenheim midfielder brings down Onisiwo on the counter-attack with a cynical challenge.
SAME FOR MAINZ
Fresh legs come in for the final 10 minutes with Kunde for Fernandes in midfield and Onisiwo replacing goalscorer Quaison.
Pierre Kunde Malong
Rudy and Dabbur are on in place of Bebou and Baumgartner, looking to sure things up here, Sebastian Hoeneß.
MATETA HITS THE POST!
What an incredible individual effort from Mateta. He is sent away down the right and beats Adams to the ball, touching it past the defender and into the Hoffenheim penalty area. Baumann comes out to close the angle and Mateta looks across goal, but can only watch as his shot comes back out off the post.
OMEN FOR HOFFENHEIM
Each of Bebou's last six goals for Hoffenheim have come in victories for him and his side. Will that record be extended today?
GAME OPENING UP
Mateta is getting involved once again as Mainz push themselves forward looking for a second go-ahead-goal. Hoffenheim, too, are looking to counter. This game could go either way in the final 20 minutes.
CHANCES AT BOTH ENDS!
Mainz almost go ahead after a corner drops in front of goal with a scramble being won by Baumann. Hoffenheim go straight up the other end and it's Kramaric who almost latches onto a long ball into the penalty area but it's just cleared ahead of him. We're in for an entertaining finish here.
HOW WILL MAINZ RESPOND?
Immediate pressure up the pitch is the answer, as Mainz have pushed their midfield and attack further up the pitch. A totally different look for them now having conceded their lead.
HOFFENHEIM HAVE THEIR GOAL!
Kramaric spots Sessegnon in just a touch of space out on the left wing and he does the right thing to fire the ball into the box with a low first-time cross. It's Bebou who meets it and smashes the ball past Zentner with his first of the season.
STARTING TO CREATE CHANCES
It's still all Hoffenheim here in terms of possession and now the away side are beginning to create chances.
DANGEROUS FROM HOFFENHEIM
Sessegnon's cross isn't dealt with by Brosinski at the back post, but Skov slips at the time he'd have been shooting at goal. He gets onto the loose ball after picking himself up, but his shot is then blocked by the recovering defence.
CHANGE OF TACT
An early change in this second half with Skov coming on for Grillitsch.
ON THE BALL EARLY
Hoffenheim resuming their roles as dictators of play here in this second half. Mainz are playing long ball to release the pressure, but still able to hold-off the Hoffenheim attack so far.
The home side get us back underway here in the second half.
GEIGER SHOT BLOCKED!
Incredible last-ditch defending right at the end from Hack who slides across goal to block Geiger's shot, which was headed for the far bottom corner. A vital intervention.
BIG CHANCE FOR BEBOU!
Baumgartner does well to battle beyond St. Juste towards the Hoffenheim box before playing Bebou in on goal down the right. He strikes at goal swiftly, but Zentner saves with his face to keep his side in front. Any way possible, he will keep a clean sheet!
TWO DOMINANT FORWARDS
Jean-Philippe MatetaIhlas Bebou
BAUMGARTNER HAS A GO
The ball sits up for the Austrian 25 yards from goal and he decides to take a strike at goal. This one is wide of the mark though and Zentner is happy to let it go past him.
GAMEPLAN WORKING FOR MAINZ
The hosts have had just 38 percent of the ball, but have produced five shots on goal with their possession and, of course, that all-important goal to have the lead. Hoffenheim have had their chances but have only been able to test Zentner once in this first half.
AS THINGS STAND
With this lead, Mainz are now just one point behind Hoffenheim in the table.
MAINZ INTO THE LEAD!
That gameplan working to perfection for Litche's side. A pass forward from St. Juste to Mateta who holds up the ball in the Hoffenheim box. He backheels to send Boetius in behind and he immediately slams the ball across the face of goal for Quaison to tap home. A lovely team goal to open the scoring for Sunday!
Mainz's gameplan is clear. Sit in deep and absorb pressure before moving the ball forward quickly on the counter-attack. It will be a test for Hoffenheim to breakdown, as Freiburg failed to do last week.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Kouassi Ryan Sessegnon31.50km/h
KRAMARIC GETTING INVOLVED
It had been a quiet start to the game for Hoffenheim's top scorer but he has moved out to the right wing to get involved in the game for the first time. He's looking to link up with Baumgartner and release Bebou as a creative lynchpin.
SO CLOSE TO THE OPENER!
Geiger sends a free-kick to the back post and Posch leaps above St. Juste to meet it with his head. But it's an outstanding reflex save from Zentner at his near post who pokes it away with his toe.
HOFFENHEIM ENJOYING MORE BALL
BIG CHANCE MATETA!
The ball bounces between Sessegnon and St. Juste from a corner and falls favourably to Mateta five yards out. He swings his left foot at it, but sends his shot high over the crossbar. He'll be disappointed with that.
BOETIUS FORCES A SAVE
Mainz still having the better of the attacking play here as a cut-back from Fernandes on the right into the box is met by Boetius. He takes a touch to beat one defender but can't get past Baumann with his shot.
The hosts look happy to be sat back here for the most part, leaving Mateta isolated in attack with five defenders looking to keep Hoffenheim at bay.
The defender is down early on here after rolling his ankle. He will look to continue, but Bogarde is getting warmed up in case.
MATETA SO CLOSE!
Great first effort on goal as a cross from the left is half-cleared by Adams, sending the ball into the box further for Mateta to then head at goal. It's looping towards the net but Baumann produces a stunning finger-tip save to push the ball over his own crossbar.
The hosts getting forward early on here with Quaison involved down the right flank. They will be looking to make the most of set-piece opportunities, and get Mateta involved as quickly as possible.
A DIFFERENT SET-UP
Hoffenheim look to be lining up in a 4-3-3 here in the early stages. Posch at right-back, Grillitsch in the No.10 spot while it's Baumgartner, Bebou and Kramaric up front.
AWAY WE GO!
The away side get us underway...
As has been the case across all Bundesliga games this weekend, both teams will meet in the centre-circle to take a moment of silence to remember Diego Maradona after the football legend passed away this week at 60.
Warm-ups are done and we're ready for the action. Mainz looking to build on their first win of the season last time out, while Hoffenheim - sitting 12th - are looking for their first win in six games since that big win over Bayern Munich.
WATCH: MAINZ'S FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
WATCH OUT FOR BOETIUS
The Mainz attacking midfielder has scored three goals in his last four games against Hoffenheim.
ZENTNER ON FORM
Robin Zentner has saved more shots (34) than any other goalkeeper this campaign.
MATETA VS. KRAMARIC!
Today's game sees two of the league's top scorers go head-to-head. Mateta's hat-trick against Freiburg on Matchday 8 puts him on seven goals for the season, behind only Lewandowski (11) and Haaland (10). The French forward is the first player in Mainz's history to have so many goals to his name at this stage of a season. Kramaric also has seven goals this term: he has scored in all four of the matches he has played in. The Croatian is the best penalty taker in the league at present, having scored all three spot-kicks taken in 2020/21.
MAINZ STARTTING XI!
Zentner - St. Juste, Hack, Niakhate (c) - Öztunali, Barreiro, Fernandes, Brosinski - Boetius, Quaison - Mateta
Dahmen, Martin, Kilian, Kunde, Stöger, Nebel, Ji, Onisiwo, Burkardt
HOFFENHEIM STARTING XI!
Baumann (c) - Posch, Adams, Akpoguma - Samassekou, Grillitsch, Geiger, Sessegnon - Baumgartner - Kramaric, Bebou
Pentke, Nordtveit, Vogt, Bogarde, Rudy, Gacinovic, Dabbur, Skov, Klauss
Here you will find the most important information on the game between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and TSG Hoffenheim on Matchday 9 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.