Mainz - Yunus Malli stole the show with a brilliant hat-trick as 1. FSV Mainz 05 ran out 3-1 winners against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Coface Arena on Friday night.
0-1 Schmid (13'), 1-1 Malli (18'), 2-1 Malli (61'), 3-1 Malli (69')
Having tasted defeat in Gelsenkirchen on Matchday 4, Mainz were again on the back foot after only 13 minutes of action when Jonathan Schmid applied a cool finish to an Eugen Polanski-led counter-attack. Within five minutes, however, the hosts were deservedly level thanks to Malli’s well-taken goal. Although Mainz saw plenty of the ball after the equaliser, Martin Schmidt’s side struggled to create clear-cut opportunities against an unusually passive Hoffenheim. Malli and Kevin Volland traded shots from the edge of the box, but other goalmouth action was limited before the break.
Aside from Yoshinori Muto's powerful header rattling the crossbar, the second half began in much the same vein. The game was sparked into life, however, when Malli curled a wonderful effort past Oliver Baumann from the edge of the box in the 61st minute to put his team ahead. As Hoffenheim were forced to chase the game, Mainz were content to hit the visitors on the break, Malli completing his hat-trick from close range eight minutes later after good work from Muto on the left. The goal put the seal on an impressive victory for the hosts, while Hoffenheim’s struggles continue.
Man of the match
In the form of his life at present, with five goals to his name already this season, Yunus Malli was again Mainz's inspiration. His first Bundesliga hat-trick was richly deserved; the German U-21 international's direct running and eye for goal were the difference between the sides in an entertaining Friday night clash at the Coface Arena.
While there was joy for Malli and Mainz, it was another Matchday of desperation, disappointment and frustration for a Hoffenheim side who have so far failed to click and are winless this campaign. With Borussia Dortmund the visitors in midweek, Markus Gisdol will have to find the right formula sooner rather than later.
- No Mainz player has ever scored more than Malli's five goals after the five opening games of the season.
- Malli not only scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick, but he has now also netted each of his side's last five goals.
- Hoffenheim opened the scoring with their first shot of the game.
- Mainz have hit the woodwork six times this season - more than any other team.
Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Bungert, Bell, Bengtsson - Baumgartlinger, Moritz - Clemens, Malli (Serdar, 88'), De Blasis (Parker, 90+2') - Muto (Niederlechner, 76')
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Kaderabek, Schär (Bicakcic, 46'), Süle, Kim (Uth, 75') - Schwegler (Kuranyi, 76') - Rudy, Polanski - Volland, Schmid - Vargas