Ingvartsen flashes a shot agonisingly wide with the last kick of the game. It's a huge win for Augsburg and their push for survival. Mainz's away-day woes continue...
There's a stoppage as Ricardo Pepi receives treatment after taking a stray elbow to the face from Stefan Bell. No malice involved, but that must have hurt!
TIME ADDED ON
Four additional minutes to play at the WWK-Arena. The home fans have not stopped since taking their seats - what an atmosphere!
Mainz are the Bundesliga's third best home team in 2021/22 (30 points), but sit third bottom in the away table (eight points). It hasn't really clicked for them on their travels once more today.
Augsburg are going 13th, as things stand, six points clear of the relegation play-off spot. Can they hold on?
Big moment in Augsburg. Stach meets Onisiwo's glorious cross with a free header from the penalty spot. He gets right behind it, but places the ball too close to Gikiewicz, who is down quickly to punch clear.
The American makes his eighth Bundesliga appearance. He's 355 minutes without a first Bundesliga goal - can he break his duck?
NO MAN'S LAND
Gikiewicz is miles from his goal as he concedes possession to Burkardt. The Mainz forward's first-time volley isn't the best, but still forces a rushed headed clearance from the recovering Augsburg stopper. Luckily for him, there's no further punishment.
Vargas has been a real livewire since coming on. He skips into the area, getting in-between Widmer and Bell, but Zentner's out to make a big, big save.
VARGAS RESTORES AUGSBURG'S LEAD!
What a response from the home side! Hahn flicks a Caligiuri header goalwards, and it's the substitute, Ruben Vargas, who reacts first to sweep a volley into the net from close range.
MAINZ ARE LEVEL!
Augsburg switch off as a ball is played into the feet of Widmer in the area. He'd ghosted between the centre-backs, and calmly fires under the advancing Gikiewicz. Game on!
Germany international Anton Stach replaces Jae-sung Lee, who recently travelled 20,000 miles on World Cup qualifying duty with South Korea.
HALF-TIME! AUGSBURG 1-0 MAINZ
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw's penalty has Augsburg ahead. They've also had a goal ruled out, and are good value for their lead. Mainz need a plan B.
Lee spots Gikiewicz off his line. The lob's right on the money, but the South Korea forward is clearly offside.
ZENTNER TO THE RESCUE
The Mainz goalkeeper hurls himself at Hahn's header back across goal, punching clear with Niederlechner lurking in the centre of the six-yard box.
WORTH A GO!
Pedersen sends a raking cross-field pass into the Mainz half for Hahn. He's crowded out, but Maier is on to the loose ball, firing a speculative effort over from range. Augsburg want this more - they're working their socks off.
Augsburg have the ball in the net following a mix-up in the Mainz box. Maier's corner hits Lee and Onisiwo, but Hahn is adjudged to have used his hand to control before firing into the bottom corner. Relief for Mainz!
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Mainz go very close to an equaliser! Onisiwo flicks on a long punt from Zentner. Oxford's caught in two minds, ultimately opting to let the ball run to his keeper. Gikiewicz drops to the ground, but Burkardt steals in to take it round the Augsburg stopper. A heavy touch and tight angle do him no favours, though, and his shot is into the side netting.
The Mainz captain appears to have turned his right ankle, following a challenge with Niederlechner. The physios are on, but the Frenchman looks like he'll try to run it off.
Onisiwo pings a cross towards the near post. Oxford is there first, a combination of his head and shoulder putting the ball behind. Not far away from an own goal, mind. Gikiewicz was very worried.
Tensions flare as Bell is booked for a challenge on Iago. The Mainz man is not happy about that - his eighth caution of the season.
Augsburg captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw sweeps into the bottom corner, sending Zentner the wrong way. Augsburg capitalise on a huge error, and their bright start.
Niederlechner goes to ground under Zentner's challenge after the Mainz keeper miscontrolled with his feet in the box. It looks harsh, but the penalty call stands...
Caligiuri heads a free-kick behind for a corner, not realising Gikiewicz had gone up behind him to make the catch. Martin sends an out-swinging cross onto the head of the unmarked Bell, who puts his effort wide. Tame.
Another dangerous cross from out wide, this time via the left flank and Mads Pedersen. Hahn gets up between two Mainz defenders, but can't get over the ball and heads harmlessly off target.
A glorious chance for Augsburg in the opening minute! Hahn clips a cross towards the edge of the six-yard box, but Niederlechner puts his header wide.
TEAMS IN THE TUNNEL
Kick-off is imminent at a sold-out WWK-Arena...
WEINZIERL LOOKS TO 12TH MAN
"Mainz are a robust side and play an intense game; they're a higher calibre of opponent than Wolfsburg," commented Augsburg head coach Markus Weinzierl in his pre-match press conference. "We're yet to win back-to-back games this season, and that's the goal now. The fans really spur us on, and it's great to have them back for the final games of the season."
SVENSSON WARY OF BATTLING AUGSBURG
Mainz head coach Bo Svensson has intimated Augsburg are better than their current standing - three points above the relegation play-off spot - might suggest. "Things often haven’t gone to plan for them this season, but they recorded a deserved win over Wolfsburg last time out and you could see what they’re capable of," he observed. "They’ve got the experience to cope with this situation. They’re a really physical side. They’ve got a chance to take a big step towards safety [today]."
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Markus Weinzierl has tweaked his line-up following Augsburg's 3-0 win over Wolfsburg, with Ricardo Pepi dropping to the bench and Andre Hahn starting alongside Florian Niederlechner in attack. Ruben Vargas is also among the substitutes after missing out at the weekend through illness. As for Mainz, freshly minted Germany international Anton Stach drops to the bench, with the returning Dominik Kohr getting the nod. Jae-Sung Lee came off the bench to provide the assist for Karim Onisiwo against Gladbach, and earns himself a start, while Germany U21 captain and top scorer Jonathan Burkardt comes back into the side after Marcus Ingvartsen was preferred at the weekend.
AUGSBURG STARTING LINE-UP
Gikiewicz - Gumny, Gouweleeuw (c), Oxford, Iago - Caligiuri, Maier, Dorsch, Pedersen - Niederlechner, Hahn
Koubek, Gruezo, Moravek, Vargas, Pepi, Zeqiri, Winther, Finnbogason, Framberger
MAINZ STARTING LINE-UP
Zentner - Bell, Hack, Niakhate (c) - Widmer, Kohr, Boetius, Martin - Lee - Onisiwo, Burkardt
Dahmen, Brosinski, Nemeth, Lucoqui, Barreiro, Nebel, Stöger, Stach, Ingvartsen
Augsburg host Mainz in their rearranged Matchday 26 fixture. The game was originally scheduled for 12 March, but was postponed due to the number of positive covid tests in the Mainz camp. Fifteenth-in-the-table Augsburg have since lost to VfB Stuttgart and beaten Wolfsburg, while 10th-placed Mainz have followed up a slender loss to Borussia Dortmund with victory over Arminia Bielefeld and a draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.