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Fürth stun veterans Mainz in Bundesliga victory

Bundesliga rookies Greuther Fürth have notched up their first ever victory in the German league with a 1-0 win over Mainz. It was second time lucky for Fürth who lost their first match against Bayern Munich last week.

Greutner Fürth got their first taste of Bundesliga victory on Friday when Felix Klaus led his newly promoted team to a 1-0 away victory in the 67th minute.

After being teed up by Illir Azemi, Klaus scored the only goal of the match when his dipping left-foot strike went straight over Christian Wetklo. Like several of his team mates, Klaus had never played in the top division before this season.

Mainz had dominated throughout the match, but failed to make use of their chances. Maxim Choupo-Moting was the main culprit for Mainz, missing several good opportunities.

After going a goal down, Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel brought on Marcel Risse and Eugen Polanski in an attempt to snatch a draw, but the home side could not turn things around.

Up until their debut Bundesliga game at home last week, when they lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich, Fürth had not taken part in top flight football since they participated in the last edition of the old German first division in 1962/1963. The following season they were not among the 16 clubs chosen to take part in the inaugural Bundesliga and were unable to recover. 

Friday's performance and a first-match draw in Freiburg have left Mainz with one point from two games. Defending champions Borussia Dortmund play Nuremberg on Saturday, while Bayern Munich are defending their Bundesliga lead at home against VfB Stuttgart on Sunday.