Müller stings Berlin
Nicolai Müller demonstrated his predatory instinct to grab his sixth goal of the season and get Mainz off to a flyer in the capital, scrambling the ball in from close range. Thomas Tuchel’s men, without a win since Matchday 3, had doubtless not forgotten, however, that Müller’s opener against Hannover in their previous away game had only stung their opponents into action and saw them beaten 4-1. And as it transpired, Berlin responded in like manner, with Änis Ben-Hatira menacing the Mainz rearguard and setting up a useful chance which Ronny failed to make the most of.
It was only a matter of time before they did pull level, Allagui getting the better of his former club to net his fourth goal of the season. That, incidentally, is as many as he scored in 19 games as a Mainz player two years ago. He went one better to put Hertha in front in the 73rd minute, beating Heinz Müller with a shot that the Mainz goalkeeper will probably think he could, and should, have kept out. Müller had no chance with Hertha's third, though, Ben-Hatira drilling home a 25-yarder to seal the win.
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