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Visiting Union Berlin left with nothing after Mainz take all 3 points

Technical card:
Mainz: Andreas Luthe, Marvin Friedrich, Nico Schlotterbeck, Robin Knoche, Christopher Trimmel, Christian Gentner, Robert Andrich, Marcus Ingvartsen, Niko Giesselmann, Cedric Teuchert and Taiwo Awoniyi
Union Berlin: Robin Zentner, Juste, Stefan Bell, Moussa Niakhate, Danny Da Costa, Dominik Kohr, Leandro Martins, Philipp Mwene, Adam Szalai, Karim Onisiwo and Danny Latza
Stadium: The OPEL Arena
Goals: Moussa Niakhate (1-0, min. 22)

Mainz enjoyed a mesmerising home victory against Union Berlin at The OPEL Arena on Saturday. Mainz were looking to get back winning ways, following a previous defeat to Stuttgart. Union Berlin had to settle for a draw 1-1 against Borussia Mönchengladbach. As the table looks today, Mainz are in 17th place on the table and has 13 points while Union Berlin sit in 9th with 29 points after 20 matches.

It was an impressive opening from Mainz, with a goal from Moussa Niakhate, 22 minutes in. The score at half time was 1-0. The second half ended with little further action at either end and goalless.

For Mainz, Robert Glatzel, Niklas Tauer and Jonathan Michael Burkardt came on for Niko Giesselmann, Christian Gentner, Cedric Teuchert, Taiwo Awoniyi and Marcus Ingvartsen, while Union Berlin replaced Julian Ryerson, Sebastian Griesbeck, Petar Musa, Joel Pohjanpalo and Keita Endo with Niko Giesselmann, Christian Gentner, Cedric Teuchert, Taiwo Awoniyi and Marcus Ingvartsen.

The referee booked Dominik Kohr and Leandro Martins from Mainz. Union Berlin had the worst of it though, with Nico Schlotterbeck, Cedric Teuchert, Robin Knoche and Christopher Trimmel seeing yellow, and Nico Schlotterbeck (2 yellow cards) then sent off with a red.

Mainz will next travel to Bayer Leverkusen, while Union Berlin will face Schalke at home.

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