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  • 7 August 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Coface Arena, Mainz
  • Referee: M. Weiner
  • • Attendance: 32443
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Mainz 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Poor defending costs away side as Toprak own goal seals loss

Mainz 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Poor defending costs away side as Toprak own goal seals loss

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The home team recorded their first win of the season as they proved too strong for last year's runners-up in their Bundesliga opener

Mainz started the Bundesliga season in style as they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0. Sami Allagui gifted the home side the lead around the half-hour mark before an own-goal from Omer Toprak put the match to bed in the closing stages.

Leverkusen started the match as favourites, but Mainz grabbed the lead after 32 minutes of play. Shot-stopper Fabian Giefer failed to clear the ball and passed the ball straight into the path of Sami Allagui, who had no trouble finding the net.

The away side weren't too impressed and came close to levelling the score on a number of occasions, but Mainz goalkeeper Heinz Muller proved to be too much of an obstacle.

The hosts decided the game late in the second half when Omer Toprak was unable to clear a cross from Marco Caligiuri and beat his own keeper.

Mainz have an away match against Freiburg next week, while Leverkusen host Werder Bremen on matchday two.

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