Neither winning nor scoring has come easy to Mainz of late - here, it's Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting failing to get the better of Hoffenheim keeper Heurelho Gomes
Neither winning nor scoring has come easy to Mainz of late - here, it's Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting failing to get the better of Hoffenheim keeper Heurelho Gomes
Bundesliga

Europe in their sights

Munich - As is almost invariably the case, 1. FSV Mainz 05 started into the 2012/13 season with Bundesliga survival the uppermost priority. With eight rounds of action still to go, however, the club from the small city on the Rhine can now afford to shift their focus firmly to the battle for a UEFA Europa League place.

Unbeaten in six games - five of which admittedly finished all-square - Thomas Tuchel's injury-stricken troops battled to a goalless draw at Hoffenheim last time out, prompting the coach to comment: "The team pulled a remarkable performance out of the hat, given our situation."