1. FSV Mainz 05 returned to winning ways as they ground out a hard-fought 2-0 win over ten-man FC Ingolstadt 04 at the Opel Arena.
With both sides having been in mid-week DFB Cup action, proceedings got off to a very cagey start at the Opel Arena. Mainz enjoyed the greater share of possession, but almost fell behind when Lukas Hinterseer's first-time volley clipped the top of the crossbar on the 20-minute mark. The chance sparked the game into life with Jairo stinging the palms of Orjan Nyland, who was on hand to deny Daniel Brosinski's audacious effort shortly afterwards, sending the sides in level at the break.
Both head coaches will have demanded improvements from their charges, but it was Mainz who remained the more purposeful. The hosts got their breakthrough five minutes after the restart when Brosinki was felled inside the box, allowing Yunus Malli to stroke home the ensuing spot kick. Ingolstadt looked for an immediate response with Alexander Hack forced to clear a Moritz Hartmann effort off the line. However, in pushing for an equaliser the visitors left themselves open at the back and Mainz took full advantage as Levin Öztunali's late tap in clinched the win for the home side.
Man of the Match
Yunus Malli was at his string pulling best throughout the 90 minutes. The Turkish international created a handful of chances for his team-mates and moved onto five goals for the season after converting the spot-kick that proved the difference between the two sides.
Ingolstadt thrived in cagey encounters last season, but once again fell short in Mainz leaving them without a win in the current campaign. Five points adrift of safety, Die Schanzer are in danger of falling off the pace in the relegation battle at this early stage of the season.
- Mainz have converted each of their last 12 penalties in the Bundesliga.Die Nullfünfer boast the league's most prolific midfield unit, who have scored a league high 11 goals this season.Suat Serdar won 23 challenges against Ingolstadt, only Augsburg's Caiuby has won more in a single game (25).
Mainz: Lössl - Donati, Bell (c), Hack, Brosinski - Serdar, Gbamin – Jairo (Öztunali 83'), Malli (Balogun 90'), De Blasis (Rodriguez 90') - Cordoba
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Ingolstadt: Nyland - Hadergjonaj, Matip (c), Tisserand, Suttner – Cohen (Christiansen 58'), Roger – Hartmann (Lex 72'), Groß - Hinterseer, Lezcano (Leckie 62')
Coach: Markus Kaucznski