Mainz 05 icked up their first win of the new Bundesliga season as they ran out 3-1 victors against FC Augsburg on Sunday at the Augsburg Arena.
Augsburg 1 Mainz 3
Cordoba heads visitors in front
Stafylidis equalises after break
Malli restores Mainz's lead
Muto wraps up win late on
Die Nullfunfer got off to a flying start when Jhon Cordoba headed them in front after just seven minutes, but Konstantinos Stafylidis grabbed a deserved equaliser for Dirk Schuster's side in the second half.
However, the visitors hit back instantly to retake the lead through Yunus Malli before Yoshinori Muto sealed the win nine minutes from time, although they finished the game with 10 men when Jose Rodriguez was sent off in stoppage time.
It was an entertaining contest with both teams creating plenty of chances. Mainz threatened first on four minutes through Daniel Brosinski, whose shot from range forced Marwin Hitz to make a save.
And they went ahead with their next attack on seven minutes, Cordoba heading home Yunus Malli's cross following a corner.
Die Fuggerstadter looked to respond but Koo Ja-Cheol, Dominik Kohr and Paul Verhaegh were all guilty of failing to test the visiting keeper in the first half, while at the other end Daniel Brosinski and Levin Oztunali squandered chances to extend Mainz's lead.
Jonas Lossl had to be alert to keep out a shot inside the box from Koo on the hour mark and he was called into action again moments later to deny Martin Hinteregger.
The hosts finally restored parity on 73 minutes, Stafylidis letting fly from long range and getting the better of Lossl, but they went behind again within two minutes as Malli got on the end of Brosinski's cross to head past Hitz.
Muto then made the game safe with a third goal for Mainz on 81 minutes, finishing from close range, but a red card for Rodriguez at the death took some shine off their victory.