1. FSV MAINZ 05 v WEST HAM UNITED
SATURDAY 20 JULY 2013
KICK-OFF: 6PM (CEST)
REFEREE: JOCHEN DREES
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Final score: 1. FSV Mainz 05 4-1 West Ham United
Full time: That's it. Mainz have run out as convincing winners. They were the only side in it before the break and deservedly went in 2-0 up. The Hammers were vastly improved at the beginning of the second period and looked well placed for a comeback when Joe Cole volleyed them back into it. But Mainz came again and a quickfire double towards the end secured their victory.
Disappointing for the Hammers, who had won all their previous pre-season games, but you do have to bear in mind that Mainz are a couple of weeks ahead of Sam Allardyce's squad in their preparation for the new campaign so perhaps were bound to look sharper. On to Hamburg now where the Hammers will be looking for a more positive outcome. Check back here and on West Ham TV later for reaction, highlights and more.
88 mins Well I think it is safe to say West Ham's unbeaten pre-season is coming to an end this afternoon. It looked for a while that they were getting back into it, but the controversal penalty for Mainz 15 minutes from the end killed the game off rather.
85 mins Referee Jochen Drees has reason to reach for his pocket for the first time today. Ravel Morrison is too eager in his attempts to win back possession and after he catches Parker, he pushes away one of the home player's teammates. Yellow card.
83 mins Mainz are still hungry for more and Shawn Parker brings a fine save out of Jaaskelainen with his stinging shot from 20 yards. Luckily for the Hammers, the goalkeeper was able to see it all the way and he dived down to his right to turn the ball behind for a corner.
80 mins Polter, the scorer of Mainz's fourth, is spoken about here as a hot prospect. He was part of Germany's U21 squad for the UEFA U21 European Championships this summer. He's a big striker, who showed he could finish with that strike.
78 mins GOAL! The Hammers' evening is unravelling a bit here now. Parker turns creator pulling the ball back from the by-line to his striker Sebastian Polter, whose hooked volley gives Jaaskelainen no chance from eight yards. 4-1.
76 mins West Ham go back on the attack and Matt Taylor's fierce effort from 15 yards is blocked, but the ball comes back to Diarra, whose strike is clean. Goalkeeper Karius is a worried man as the ball whistles by, but just wide of the mark.
74 mins GOAL! That might signal the end of West Ham's fightback. Mainz are awarded a penalty when Malli goes down under Tomkins' sliding challenge. The referee awards a penalty and Reid is not happy! He rushes over to let his feelings be known, but the spot kick has been given and Shawn Parker makes no mistake from 12 yards, rolling into the bottom left hand corner with Jaaskelainen going the opposite way.
73 mins The game has entered a bit of a lull, although Baumgartlinger has just delivered an angled cross from the right, which floats over Choupo-Moting's head. Meanwhile, Diarra is on for Noble.
69 mins Tomkins, Reid, Noble and Jaaskelainen are still on from those who started as more players begin to get more minutes under their belts in pre-season. The heat is no doubt taking its toll out there, even now at approaching half-seven.
67 mins Ravel Morrison is the next player on for the Hammers, replacing Joe Cole. Elliot Lee quickly follows suit, taking Modibo Maiga's place up top.
63 mins The changes coming thick and fast for West Ham now. Matt Taylor is now on for Ricardo Vaz Te as the visitors continue to look for an equaliser.
62 mins Ah, West Ham have just wasted a glorious chance to counter. Joe Cole streaks clear down the left and has Maiga available in the centre, but he overhits the pass and the striker is unable to get a foot on the ball. A shame, as the Hammers looked well-placed there.
60 mins Time for West Ham to make their fourth change. Guy Demel is on to replace Joey O'Brien at right back. Demel is a seasoned campaigner in the German Bundesliga, having played over 150 top flight games for Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg.
58 mins So close to an equaliser! West Ham win three corners in succession and from the right - on the right flank - Noble floats the delivery for Maiga to attack from near the penalty spot. His header is directed downwards and with power, but Karius just about scrambles across to keep the ball out.
56 mins Back come Mainz and there's a chance for Choupo-Moting inside the area as the ball ricochets to the replacement left winger. He looks for the bottom right hand corner but it just off with his placement and the shot rolls about a yard wide.
53 mins Definitely more intent from the Hammers at the start of this second period and it's almost 2-2 as Maiga lines up a shot inside the box, and sub keeper Karius has to get two strong hands behind it. Better from the visitors.
49 mins Here's the second half line-up for Mainz. Karius in goal, Schlik, Bungert, Bell and Fathi across the back. Baumgartlinger and Geis sittling in midfield, with Parker, Malli and Choupo-Moting in front of him and Polter up front.
47 mins GOAL! The Hammers are back in it! Mark Noble floats a free-kick diagonally from the left flank into the box, Vaz Te nods back across goal, and Joe Cole strikes his volley so it fades away from keeper Loris Karius, strikes the inside of the far post and nestles in the net. Game on.
46 mins Three changes for the Hammers at the break. Dan Potts, Seb Lletget and Jack Collison are off. Razvan Rat, Mohamed Diame and Kevin Nolan are the players on. Meanwhile, the hosts have swapped their entire line-up. I'll have the details for you in a moment.
Half-time That's the whistle for the interval and Mainz are well on top here. You couldn't argue with the fact they deserve their 2-0 lead and West Ham have a lot to do if they are to keep their unbeaten pre-season going. Join us in 15 minutes for second half coverage.
45 mins Almost 3-0 right on half time. Saller carries the ball well from midfield and draws his man before slipping Muller in behind Potts as he made a diagonal run. Jaaskelainen comes out to close down the angles and gets enough on the ball to divert Muller's shot behind.
43 mins Corner for the Hammers as they try to start a comeback. Joe Cole delivers and James Tomkins attacks the ball at the back post, but he is eased off by the home defender and can only flick his header towards the opposite corner flag. Still 2-0 Mainz.
38 mins Not much to say about West Ham as an attacking force so far, they've offered little to test Mainz's backline. But I have been impressed with Muller for the hosts. He made his debut for the German national team at the end of last season and you can see why the 25-year-old has made the step up recently.
34 mins Still Mainz remain on the attack and Schahin, who notched the opening goal, looks for another when he tees himself up on the edge of the box for a volley, which is blocked. They recycle possession for the left back Pospech to have a crack at goal, but he can't get the required arc on his effort and it drifts harmlessly wide.
31 mins Niki Zimling fancies the free-kick and with good reason too. He lofts his right footed effort over the West Ham wall with enough dip to come down in time and enough curve to beat Jussi Jaaskelainen's dive. Fortunately for the visitors the post stands in the way and the Hammers survive at 2-0 down.
30 mins Muller's at it again. He holds off Winston Reid on haltway and then nutmegs Jack Collison to set up another dart deep into Hammers territory. Was saw his pace for the second goal and we knew nobody would catch him from the midfield, but James Tomkins is in the way to block, although the referee spots a handball and gives a free kick 22 yards from goal.
27 mins The Hammers look to build an attack and after Modibo Maiga hangs up a cross from the right which Ricardo Vaz Te nods back into the centre, Joe Cole draws a save from Heinz Muller. The West Ham man was offside though, so his effort would not have stood even if he had beaten the home keeper.
25 mins Mainz are a couple of weeks ahead of the Hammers in their preparations for the new campaign, as their season begins earlier than the Barclays Premier League, and it's shown in the opening quarter of this game, with the hosts controlling possession and the tempo of the game, and that has been rewarded with their two goals.
21 mins GOAL! And a really good one from the home side too. Nicolai Muller created the first goal and now he's scored the second. He did most of the work himself too, exchanging passes with Saller in the centre circle, before showing a great fleet of foot to race away down the middle. Reid couldn't commit as he had Schahin's run to cover and Muller took advantage by guiding his low shot into the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards. 2-0.
18 mins Half an opening for the tricky Shinji Okazaki on the edge of the Hammers box as he shifts the ball onto his right foot and almost engineers the space for a shot, but Winston Reid blocks it off expertly by thrusting his foot into the path of the ball and divert it away from the danger zone.
14 mins Winston Reid takes a bit of a clatter as he brings the ball out of defence and stays down for a bit. There's no need for the physio though and he gets back to his feet so the game can continue. No doubt a relief for Big Sam to see last season's Hammer of the Year continue without any problems.
11 mins That's the first time West Ham have fallen behind this pre-season. Let's see how they respond now.
9 mins GOAL! Mainz take the lead. Slack defending from the Hammers there, as Dani Schahin is able to run in behind the visitors' backline to collect Nicolai Muller's pinpoint pass in space and slot under Jussi Jaaskelainen's dive. 1-0 to the hosts.
7 mins Meanwhile Seb Lletget gets a chance from the start this evening after impressing from the bench in Tuesday's win at Colchester, and he's playing as the most advanced for the Hammers' three in midfield.
6 mins The Hammers have lined up with Ricardo Vaz Te on the right hand side of their attacking three and Joe Cole on the opposite flank. They haven't done too much attacking yet though, with Mainz enjoying most of the early possession.
3 mins Now Shinji Okazaki carries the ball dangerously across the front of the Hammers backline. He waits for right back Juilan Koch to make his move down the right, but the cross is cut out by James Tomkins.
1 min Mainz enjoy the first spell of possession and centre back Benediky Saller pings a good-looking ball over to the right hand side, but it has too much legs and winger Nicolai Muller can't catch it.
6pm And we're off, West Ham attacking the goal to our right.
5.58pm Here come the teams! West Ham are led out by Mark Noble, who is captain for the night. We're clad in the new white away kit, while Mainz are in red shirts, white shorts and red socks.
5.53pm The stadium PA blasts out You'll Never Walk Alone and for a second it feels as if we're at Anfield, but we're not - we're in Mainz and the players are about to make their entrance.
5.50pm The Stadion am Bruchweg has a traditional feel to it, with a sizeable terrace behind one of the goals, and a paddock standing area in front of seats on the opposite side to the main stand. There's a decent crowd in here too and the atmosphere is building.
5.46pm As kick-off nears, we've been handed the Mainz team. They'll line-up Heinz Muller, Bo Svensson, Zdenek Popsech, Nikolce Noveski, Benedikt Saller, Niki Zimling, Christoph Moritz, Dani Schahin, 22. Julian Koch, Shinji Okazaki, Nicolai Muller
5.37pm As well as live text updates here, we've got an exclusive live gallery of photos on our Official Facebook Page. Head there now by clicking here.
5.30pm The Hammers have been in Germany for four days now, training hard in the build up to this first game of the tour. West Ham TV has been on the scene to keep you up to date with everything. With half an hour to kick-off, why not check out our interviews with Kevin Nolan, assistant manager Neil McDonald, action from training and much more here.
Meanwhile, the Hammers players have just come out to warm up, if they weren't warm enough already in this lovely weather, to warm applause from the Mainz fans already in the stadium.
5.22pm Speaking of fans, we're expecting over 100 from the German Hammers Supporters' Club at tonight's game. We caught up with their president Pascal Becker earlier this week and you can read what we had to say about the tour here.
There's no mistaking where the away end is here at the Stadion am Bruchweg. The Hammers fans have started to arrive with their flags proudly on display.
5.06pm The substitutes are Adrian, Henderson, Demel, Rat, Ruddock, Diarra, Nolan, Whitehead, Morrison, Taylor, Diame, Jarvis, Lee
James Collins is absent today as he has been allowed leave to be best man at his brother's wedding. He'll join back up with the squad tomorrow.
5.05pm We've just been handed the Hammers' team news. We'll be lining up as follows:
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Potts; Noble; Collison, Lletget; Vaz Te, Maiga, Cole
4.50pm A very warm welcome to you from a very warm Mainz for our live coverage from the first game of West Ham United's tour of Germany.
We're set to play Hamburg and Eintracht Braunschweig later on the tour, but first 1. FSV Mainz provide the opposition.
Mainz are sure to provide West Ham's toughest pre-season test to date, with Sam Allardyce's men boasting a perfect record, having defeated Cork City (6-2), Boreham Wood (3-0), AFC Bournemouth (2-0) and Colchester United (2-1).
Mainz's Bundesliga campaign begins a week earlier than the Hammers' with a home match against VfB Stuttgart on Sunday 11 August first up, and they defeated Dutch side Groningen 4-0 in their most recent pre-season match on Thursday.
We embarked upon a similar tour of Germany last year, defeating Rot-Weiss Erfurt, drawing with Energie Cottbus and losing out when we faced Dynamo Dresden.
Tonight's opponents finished 13th in the Bundesliga last term, having collected 42 points from their 34.games. They also reached the quarter-finals of the German Cup.
Founded in 1905, they mostly played as a second division side after the professional Bundesliga came into being in 1963. Under Jurgen Klopp, they gained promotion to the top flight in 2003/04 and have only spent two years outside since.