Shinji Okazaki gave Mainz an early lead, but goals either side of half-time from Franco Di Santo turned the game on its head, earning the northern Germany side their fthree points of the current campaign and condemning Mainz to a second straight defeat.
Ja-Cheol Koo threaded his pass through the Bremen defence to Okazaki, who was given the time and room to turn back onto his favoured right foot and settle before shooting low to the left of Raphael Wolf - the fourth time the Japanese international has put Mainz 1-0 in front this season. He very nearly made it 2-0 when Johannes Geis curled in a free-kick which he flicked towards goal, but the reactions of Wolf denied him just minutes later.
Mainz then started to take it a little too easy and were punished when Fin Bartels earned a penalty for Bremen. Di Santo's shot was saved by Loris Karius, but the ball sat up kindly for Di Santo to nod in. The Argentine netted again early in the second half with a delightful finish past Karius from an angle, and the game was transformed. Di Santo nearly added a third while Clemens Fritz hit the post as Bremen produced some of the best football of their season, duly rewarded with their first win.
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