Kaiserslautern beat Mainz in comeback
Kaiserslautern came from behind to win their first Bundesliga match of the season, beating local rivals Mainz 3-1 at the Betzenberg.
Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting gave the visitors the lead after a quarter of an hour, but an own goal from Bo Svensson brought the home side level within ten minutes. Itay Schechter put the Red Devils in front in the 54th minute before Christian Tiffert sealed the win in the 73rd minute.
Schechter nearly put the home side in front in the 13th minute when he shot over the bar, but it was the visitors who went ahead two minutes later through Choupo-Moting.
Choupo-Moting nodded in from close range after Marcel Risse's header from Sami Allagui's cross created the chance. The lead did not even last ten minutes, though, before the home side levelled, thanks to a stroke of luck.
Richard Sukuta-Pasu managed to disturb Svensson enough when both went for Florian Dick's lofted ball, and the Mainz defender inadvertently headed the ball backwards over his own goalkeeper Heinz Muller.
The Red Devils went ahead in the 54th minute thanks to Schechter's first goal in the Bundesliga, and there was yet another bit of luck involved.
There was a complete scramble in the centre of the six-yard box as Martin Amedick got the ball caught between his legs before falling to the ground with his back to goal. The ball fortunately spilled out for Schechter, who lifted the loose ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Tiffert then sealed the win in the 73rd minute. A cross from Leon Jessen tooked a wicked deflection into the penalty area and was met by Tiffert, unmarked at the near post, from where he turned his header into the top left-hand corner.