Relive our text commentary of Augsburg versus Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga.
By Matt Domm, Reporter Filed: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 14:00 UK
Last Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 08:49 UK
Two of the Bundesliga's out-of-form sides clashed on Sunday afternoon as Augsburg took on Mainz 05, with the hosts taking a narrow 2-1 win.
The hosts were the better team in the first half and went in at the break a goal up courtesy of Andre Hahn, but could have been more ahead if not for some poor finishing.
In the second half Hahn added his second but a penalty from substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting made the final 30 minutes close, but the hosts held on for the win.
Read how the action unfolded below.
2.01pmHello Bundeslifa fans! We have the final two games of the weekend for you right here on SM. First up is Augsburg against Mainz from the SGL Arena.
2.04pmBoth these sides are near the bottom of the Bundesliga form table, although the visitors will be in brighter spirits having finally ended an awful run with their win over Braunschweig last weekend. The hosts have just one point from 15 and have slipped to 15th.
2.07pmAugsburg at least have been reasonable at home this season, where they have taken seven points from a possible 15. It is in stark contrast to their away form - and they will be looking to win games such as this one if they are to stay away from danger.
2.09pmThe teams are in, so I'll get that right across.
2.17pmSo the biggest news in that Augsburg lineup is that Markus Weinzierl has lost patience with former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger and brings in Marwin Hitz between the sticks. Manninger has conceded eight in three and now has to work his way back into the team.
2.22pmFor Mainz, Shinji Okazaki is key. He had a fine game in the win over Braunschweig, scoring both the goals, and really makes their attack tick. On form, he's very hard to stop but does tend to blow hot and cold.
2.26pmThe odds, with Augsburg about evens, tell us that they are the favourites today - Mainz at 3/1 - but I'd be tempted by the draw at 5/2. I'm going for 1-1 this afternoon.
1 minKICKOFF: We're underway then, so let's hope for a good game! Augsburg in green, Mainz orange.
4 minBit of a scrappy start to this one. Augsburg have seen more of the ball, but neither side has created anything close to a threat as yet. The ball is in the air quite a lot early on.
6 minMISS! Andre Hahn is brought down by Junior Diaz and Augsburg have a free kick wide on the right with Werner stepping over it. It comes in and the man who was fouled turned it over from two yards! What a miss!
9 minCLOSE! Park meets a cross from Polter as the far post and it deflects off Verhaegh but fortunately for him straight at the wrong-footed Hitz, who concedes the corner. From it Okazaki's ball goes too far and out of play.
12 minMainz are now seeing a lot more of the ball now, but cannot penetrate the Augsburg defence who are sitting quite deep. It could well be 1-1 with the chances at either end, but we remain goalless for now.
14 minReally good defensive header from Diaz as Augsburg were looking threatening. It was Werner who crossed from the left and it looked to be dropping for Hahn, but Diaz leapt magnificently to flick it off the head of the winger.
18 minVery even in the last few minutes, although Augsburg are getting on top. Hahn is their most active player and is all over the pitch in attack at the moment.
22 minBig chance for Okazaki there but the ball is cleared off the line as he looked to turn it in. Augsburg have had a lot of the ball but that was a huge chance!
25 minPark gets a chance following some shaky defending from the hosts. Park tries a half-volley from the edge of the box and it looked goalbound until Callsen-Bracker got his big frame in the way.
27 minBaier clips the ball over the top and Hahm controls it really well to get it into his path and slot past Muller. No side has ever lost four in a row after taking the lead, but that is what will happen if the hosts end up being beaten here.
31 minBOOKING: First card of the game goes to the away side and Noveski for bringing down Hahn.
34 minThe crowd are really playing their part here and are encouraging the hosts to hold on to this lead. In truth they look more likely than Mainz to get the next goal, but while it is 1-1 they will stay nervy.
38 minCHANCE! Werner goes for goal, but Altintop might well have been the better option. He's played down the left and drives inside, and opts to shoot from an angle instead of putting it across goal. A really hard angle to score from and he puts it both wide and high.
41 minCan Mainz get another chance before the break? At the moment it doesn't look likely as their passing is not good in the final third. They have a free kick now about 40 yards from goal with Okazaki pulled back.
44 minCHANCE! Molders's first look at goal that, and he'll want to have done better. Great ball from Ostrzolek but Molders skews it wide.
45 minCHANCE! Hahn drives a low shot from an angle, which is pushed away by a strong arm from Muller and it goes agonisingly past Altintop as he looked for the rebound.
3.19pmAugsburg had a good couple of chances late in the half and they're certainly good value for their lead. They might think that they should be more than a goal up and they probably have a point.
3.23pmMainz have had their chances too, with Okazaki putting an effort into the side netting from an angle and Park having a header deflected off a defender and just turned wide by the keeper, but they have been second best overall.
3.27pmThe defensive changes made by Weinzierl have so far been good. His side have had one or two shaky moments at the back but they have looked better than in their previous few games. He will want a second goal, however, and will urge his side to stop squandering chances.
3.30pmWe're almost set for the second half. As it stands I expect Augsburg to grab the next goal, but confidence is not high in the squad and not conceding in the next 10 minutes will be crucial.
3.33pmMAINZ SUB: Christian Wetklo is on for Muller in goal, and Nicolai Muller comes on as well for Svensson - an attacking change, but I assume Muller the keeper was injured.
46 minKICKOFF: After the subs, we are back underway here for the second half.
47 minSAVE! Wetklo is called into action early then, as Molders rises high to head and the keeper tips it over the bar. A comfortable save, but a nice early touch.
48 minWhat a brilliant turn that almost was from Molders. Ostrzolek drilled in a cross low and the striker flicked it over his man before slipping as he tried to get back on to it.
49 minWhat a fine finish that is from Hahn! Werner's ball through to Hahn beats the offside trap and Wetklo might think he's done enough to get an arm on the ball and force Hahn wide, but the winger spins and curls it in from a really tight angle. His defence should have been back on the post as Wetklo could not have done much better.
52 minWhat have Mainz got in them now? Muller came on to create chances and now he's really going to have to have a good game or his side will be defeated here. They have been nowhere near the standard they managed against Braunschweig last week.
54 minCHANCE! Pospech should score there! First Soto's cross is really good from the left, but it ends up at the feet of Klavan, who tries to play it out of trouble and is robbed by Pospec, who drills his shot at Hitz!
55 minOFF THE BAR! Altintop is inches away from a wonderful goal. He's played in and Wetklo comes out really quickly to meet it, so the Turkish international adjusts his feet and chips the keeper but sees it come back off the bar with Werner heading the rebound wide. Great effort.
57 minMAINZ SUB: Thomas Tuchel has played all his cards already. Maxim Coupo-Moting comes on for Soto in the final change for the visitors.
59 minSurprisingly it's the substitute who steps up to take the penalty, but he confidently side-foots it into the left top corner sending Hitz the wrong way. In the space of a few minutes a potential 3-0 becomes 2-1. Game on.
61 minBOOKING: Polter rides his luck having won one penalty and takes quite a dreadful dive, leaving his knee in as he tried to go past Pospech and is rightly booked.
63 minAUGSBURG SUB: Askadiusz Milik, on loan from Leverkusen, comes on for Molders, who has struggled a bit today.
66 minMainz look a lot more comfortable on the ball since the penalty and are seeing more of it too. Choupo-Moting has been particularly bright as Park is through but the referee stops play after a coming together in the box. Muller fouled Werner in the box in a 50-50.
70 minBOOKING: Verhaegh is booked for the visitors as they also make a change. Jeong Ho-Hong is on for Altintop.
73 minPossibly another penalty there and it's Polter going down once more. The Augsburg players are furious at him, the referee waves play on and at first glance there might have been a slight claim for him.
75 minIt's still Mainz with much of the play at the moment. They are pressing and harrying off the ball, and really do sense that they can get something from this.
77 minStefan Bell escapes a booking there for a foul on Verhaegh. Augsburg then break through Hahn, whose effort from the right side this time goes into the side netting only.
79 minAugsburg have a free kick here from about 30 yards. It's laid off to Hong, and almost takes a bobble in front of Wetklo but the substitute keeper gets behind it well and hangs on.
81 minGeis swings in a corner but it's too deep and Okazaki can't make anything of it beyond the far post. Noveski is then too eager and concedes a foul in the box. The hosts just want to hold on here.
83 minRisky goalkeeping by Wetklo there who comes to punch a corner but completely misses it and it goes beyond him for a goal kick. He got away with that as there was no Augsburg player lurking for a tap-in.
86 minSAVE: Baier has a half-chance from range, which is deflected behind for a corner. Werner goes across to take it and Milik smashes it goalwards after it bobbled about, but Wetklo is down well to save.
88 minRED CARD! Wetklo is off! Milik was played through and the keeper got it all wrong to take him out. They've made all their subs so an outfield player will go in goal. Wetklo completely misjudged his header!
90 minIt's Polter, who began his career as a goalkeeper, who goes in goal. Not a bad option then. He has been booked for diving already and this time is successful as he springs to his left to stop a free kick. Good save.
90 minAUGSBURG SUB: Marcel de Jong comes on for Werner, who has been so solid.
90+1 minBOOKING: Junior Diaz is the latest to go in the book, as four minutes of time get added on.
90+3 minLate chance for Okazaki, whose shot goes wide. He thinks there was a deflection but there wasn't and it's a goal kick. Possibly their last chance, that,