Mainz win 3-2 against lo­cal ri­val Darm­stadt in Ger­man Bun­desliga

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Darm­stadt for­ward San­dro Wag­ner missed a penalty with the last kick of the game as vis­it­ing Mainz won their Bun­desliga derby 3- 2 on Fri­day.

Mainz midfielder Ste­fan Bell opened the scor­ing with a header from a free kick in the 15th minute. Eight min­utes later Yunus Malli made it 2- 0 with his sixth goal of the sea­son.

Mar­cel Heller pulled one back with an out­stand­ing strike in the 27th. The Darm­stadt for­ward had his back to goal, turned one way then another to evade two de­fend­ers be­fore hit­ting a dip­ping shot into the top right cor­ner.

Marco Sailer equal­ized in the 57th, only for Pablo de Bla­sis to claim the win­ner seven min­utes later on the re­bound af­ter Ja­pan striker Yoshi­nori Muto’s ini­tial ef­fort was saved.

Wag­ner had the chance to claim a draw for Darm­stadt when Luca Caldirola went down un­der Gon­zalo Jara’s chal­lenge in the fourth minute of in­jury time, but the for­ward blazed the ball well over from the spot.

“We’d have gladly taken the point if it had gone in, but if we’re be­ing hon­est it wasn’t re­ally de­served,” Darm­stadt coach Dirk Schuster said. TV re­plays showed there had been lit­tle con­tact for the foul and Mainz was on top for most of the game.

It was only the sec­ond de­feat for Darm­stadt on its re­turn to the Bun­desliga af­ter 33 years.

“We’ll get up again, that’s our men­tal­ity,” said Sailer, who vowed not to shave off his full beard un­til the side had se­cured Bun­desliga sur­vival at least.

Mainz climbed pro­vi­sion­ally fifth ahead of the rest of the eighth round.

France

Lille beat fel­low strug­gler Mont­pel­lier 2- 0 to record only its sec­ond win in nine Ligue 1 matches on Fri­day.

Lille scored in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances two min­utes from half­time when Sofi­ane Bo­ufal con­verted a spot kick af­ter he was ad­judged to have been tripped as he ran into the penalty area. Tele­vi­sion re­plays showed the Lille midfielder ap­peared to have dived.

Djib­ril Sidibe dou­bled Lille’s lead shortly af­ter the hour with a su­perb fin­ish into the far side of the net.

Mont­pel­lier was of­fered a way back into the match when Se­bastien Corchia nudged Quen- tin Cor­nette in the back. Ryad Boude­bouz’s penalty crashed off the left post and the Al­ge­ria in­ter­na­tional fired in the re­bound but it was dis­al­lowed as no other player had touched the ball.

Spain

Getafe held Celta Vigo to a 0- 0 draw in the Span­ish league on Fri­day.

Celta be­gan with fast- pass­ing charges for­ward that forced Getafe goal­keeper Vi­cente Guaita to save Iago As­pas’ close- range shot in the 10th minute. As­pas beat Getafe’s off­side trap a minute later but his shot bounced off the near post.

Ar­gentina de­fender San­ti­ago Vergini earned a yel­low card in the 43rd when he ob­structed As­pas’ for­ward pass with his hand, stop­ping a move which would have left the Celta for­ward alone fac­ing Guaita.

Celta for­ward Manuel “Nolito” Agudo was un­able to im­prove on his league- lead­ing eight- goal tally when Guaita saved two good shots in the 65th.

Getafe broke for­ward on the coun­ter­at­tack in the 71st but Ste­fan Sce­povic’s header bounced off the top off the cross­bar.

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