Mainz made it three Bundesliga games unbeaten on Matchday 8, Sandro Schwarz's side putting in a fine second-half showing to emerge 3-2 winners against Hamburg.

Mainz 3-2 Hamburg

Goals: 1-0 Maxim (2'), 1-1 Walace (9'), 2-1 Bell (52'), 3-1 Latza (58'), 3-2 Salihovic (pen., 90+2')

Despite Mainz leaving out top scorer Yoshinori Muto, it only took Sandro Schwarz's side two minutes to take the lead: Levin Öztunali's clever pass found Giulio Donati, whose equally clever cutback was converted coolly by Alexandru Maxim. The hosts' weaknesses defending set-pieces were again exposed soon after, however, when Walace capitalised on a loose clearance to lash in Hamburg's first goal since Matchday 2. From that point on, the visitors were dominant and should have gone ahead in the 42nd minute, only for Andre Hahn to shoot against the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Walace (r.) celebrates Hamburg's first goal in 458 minutes of Bundesliga action. © imago / Thomas Frey

As is so often the case, having failed to make their dominance count in the first half, Hamburg fell behind at the start of the second period, some lax defending from a corner allowing unmarked Stefan Bell to head into an empty net at the back post. Buoyed by the goal, Mainz extended their lead soon afterwards, Danny Latza making up for hitting the bar in the first half by sweeping a powerful effort past Christian Mathenia from the edge of the box. The hosts were largely untroubled until Sejad Salihovic's injury-time penalty caused a scare, but Mainz held on to make it three games unbeaten.

Man of the match

Although not on the score sheet, Öztunali was irrepressible for Mainz, playing a key role in his side's opener and delivering the corner from which Bell headed the 05ers back into the lead. The 21-year-old is flourishing this season and Hamburg will be ruing the 2013 decision to allow him to leave.


Mainz: Adler - Donati, Bell (c), Diallo, Brosinski - Latza, Gbamin - De Blasis, Maxim (Serdar, 61'), Öztunali (Kodro, 88') – Quaison (Muto, 68')
Coach: Sandro Schwarz

Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier (c), Jung, Mavraj, Sakai - Ekdal, Walace (Schipplock, 66') - Hahn, Hunt - Ito (Kostic, 55'), Wood (Salihovic, 79')
Coach: Markus Gisdol

Match stats

  • Maxim's goal was his first for Mainz since joining from Stuttgart in the summer.
  • Mainz's opener was their quickest Bundesliga goal since February 2015, when Elkin Soto scored in the first minute of an eventual 4-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund.
  • Walace's goal was Hamburg's first in 458 minutes of football.
  • Three of Latza's four goals from outside the box have come against Hamburg keeper Mathenia; the Mainz midfielder netted a hat-trick against HSV last season.
  • Mainz midfielder Öztunali is the grandson of Uwe Seeler, widely regarded as Hamburg's greatest-ever player.
  • As a Bundesliga coach, Markus Gisdol has never won in Mainz.

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