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Late Jae-sung Lee strike earns Mainz win at Augsburg

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Jae-Sung Lee grabbed a last-gasp winner as Mainz extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win at Augsburg.

Augsburg 1-2 Mainz
Goals: 0-1 Onisiwo 31' (assist: Fulgini), 1-1 Demirovic 35' (assist: Uduokhai), 1-2 Lee 90'+3 (assist: Aaron)

A low free-kick from Arne Maier brought the first save of the game out of Robin Zentner, but at the other end of the field, Rafal Gikiewicz was being kept busy by the Mainz attack, which included their top-scorer from last season Joathan Burkardt for the first time this term. But it was another Mainz player who put the guests in front. A long ball forward by Zentner was cushioned by Onisiwo, with Angelo Fulgini returning the ball to the No9, who slotted a shot low past Gikiewicz. Their lead lasted only a matter of minutes, though, before Felix Uduokhai's low cross was turned in by Demirovic's neat backheeled finish, earning him a memorable first Bundesliga goal for Augsburg and bringing the hosts level.

Fredrik Jensen had the first shot of the second half blocked before Mainz were awarded a penalty when Burkardt went down inside the area. Aaron stepped up to take his first ever spot-kick in the Bundesliga, but Gikiewicz guessed right and made the save, before standing up to push an Onisiwo effort away minutes later. It was a let-off for Augsburg and they looked to capitalise on it, harrying and hassling their opponents for the ball in what became something of a scrap for all three points, and it was the guests who emerged triumphant when Lee rose to meet a cross from Aaron and flick a header past Gikiewicz into the far corner deep into stoppage time.

Match stats

  • Fulgini's assist was his first direct involvement in a Bundesliga goal
  • Uduokhai gave his first ever assist in his 101st Bundesliga match
  • Mainz missed a penalty for the first time in the Bundesliga since May 2013 when Adam Szalai missed at Nuremberg; in between, they converted a league-record 36 straight penalties.
  • With seven points from three matches, Mainz have made their best start to a Bundesliga campaign in four years.
  • The 05ers have won their last three Bundesliga away games in a row, having previously gone 11 without victory.

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Teams

Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Bauer, Gouweleeuw (c), Uduokhai - Pedersen (Caligiuri 85'), Gruezo (Baumgartlinger 85'), Iago – Maier (Vargas 68'), Rexhbecaj – Jensen (Pepi 68'), Demirovic (Hahn 71')
Unused subs: Klein, Niederlechner, Petkov, Framberger
Out: Dorsch (metatarsal), Sarenren Bazee (cruciate ligament), Oxford (knee), Strobl (knee), Winther (knock)
Coach: Enrico Maaßen

Mainz: Zentner - Bell, Hack, Leitsch - Widmer (c) (Burgzorg 75'), Kohr, Stach (Barreiro 88'), Aaron - Fulgini (Lee 68') - Burkardt (Burgzorg 75'), Onisiwo (Mustapha 88')
Unused subs: Dahmen, Ingvartsen, Tauer, Caci
Out: da Costa (pubic bone)
Coach: Bo Svensson