FSV Mainz 05 used two rare opportunities to beat Hannover 96 2-0 in a Bundesliga match on Friday and stay in competition for a place in the Europa League next season.
Yunus Malli beat the offside trap on a pass from Nicolai Mueller in the 51st minute to open the scoring. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting finished off a quick counterattack in injury time to seal the victory. Niki Zimling squared the ball to Choupo-Moting at the far post and the substitute forward tapped it in from close range.
Neither team created any real opportunities in the first half. Mainz made the most of the few it had after the break.
Hannover dropped to their 10th defeat away from home.
To play yesterday were TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg, Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Eintracht Braunschweig vs Hamburg SV, Werder Bremen vs Borussia Moenchengladbach, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Schalke 04. To play today are Augsburg vs Nuremberg and Hertha BSC vs VfL Wolfsburg.