MX23RW : Friday, January 18 08:19:03
Feb 28, 2015 at 2.30pm UK at ​Rhein-Neckar-Arena
Hoffenheim
2-0
Mainz 05
Volland (55'), Polanski (76')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Hoffenheim battle past Mainz 05

Goals from Kevin Volland and Eugen Polanski earn Hoffenheim a 2-0 victory over Mainz 05 at the Rhein Neckar Arena.

Hoffenheim have closed the gap on their rivals for a place in Europe by beating Mainz 05 2-0 at the Rhein Neckar Arena.

It was Mainz who started the better of the two sides, but they would regret missing a couple of good early chances as both Shinji Okazaki and Yunus Malli fired a few inches wide from promising positions.

Some hesitant defending from the hosts gifted Mainz another opportunity just before the break as Clemens Fritz found space to curl the ball just past the post.

A sluggish first-half display was quickly forgotten by the home fans when Hoffenheim broke the deadlock through Kevin Volland, who kept his composure at the end of a counter-attack to slot home after being picked out by Roberto Firmino.

Mainz struggled to produce a response to the opener, and Hoffenheim capitalised to double their advantage when Eugen Polanski headed Andreas Beck's cross past a helpless Loris Karius.

Markus Gisdol's side remained on the front foot in the latter stages as Hoffenheim collected a win to leave them just two points outside the top six.

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Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga match between 1899 Hoffenheim and 1 FC Nuremberg in the stadium in Sinsheim, Germany, on August 10, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund17133144182642
2Bayern Munich17113336181836
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach17103436181833
4RB Leipzig1794431171431
5Wolfsburg178452722528
6Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1783634231127
7Hoffenheim176743223925
8Hertha Berlin176652627-124
9Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen177372629-324
10Werder Bremen176472829-122
11Freiburg175662125-421
12Mainz 05175661722-521
13Schalke 04Schalke175392024-418
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf175391933-1418
15Augsburg173682529-415
16Stuttgart1742111235-2314
17Hannover1725101735-1811
18Nuremberg1725101438-2411

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