On Sunday with a 3-1 victory at Freiburg, Jean-Philippe Mateta scored a hat trick to lead Mainz to its first Bundesliga win of the season.
The French striker got the visitors off to a flying start in the second minute, grabbed his second goal in the 34th, and his third in the 40th, as Freiburg endured a first half to forget against what was the league’s bottom team.
In the 63rd minute, Freiburg captain Nils Petersen pulled one back but under new coach Jan-Moritz Lichte, Mainz held on for its first win at the sixth attempt.
Mainz’s win leaves Schalke bottom after the eighth round.
Goals: 0-1 Mateta (1′), 0-2 Mateta (34′), 0-3 Mateta (40′), 1-3 Petersen (63′)
Freiburg: Müller – Schmid, Lienhart, Heintz, Günter (c) – Sallai, Santamaria (Til 88′), Tempelmann (Höfler 45’+4), Grifo – Höler (Demirovic 84′), Petersen
Unused subs: Uphoff, Gulde, Itter, Schlotterbeck, Jeong, Keitel
Out: Abrashi (not included), Flekken (elbow), Haberer (ankle), Kübler (groin), Kwon (not included)
Coach: Christian Streich
Mainz: Zentner – St. Juste, Hack, Niakhate, Brosinski (c) – Fernandes (Kunde 70′), Barreiro – Öztunali, Boetius, Quaison (Onisiwo 70′) – Mateta (Ji 80′)
Unused subs: Dahmen, Martin, Kilian, Stöger, Tauer, Ji, Issah
Out: Burkardt (cold), Latza (suspended), Mwene (ankle), Szalai (knee)
Coach: Jan-Moritz Lichte