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Mainz vs. Hoffenheim. Twenty-five minutes into the game, Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland have put Hoffenheim 2-0 up.
Mainz are in strife: Niki Zimling is losing out to Hoffenheim's David Abraham, yet when Zimling dinks past the defender and is tripped over, referee Wolfgang Stark waves play on. Shinji Okazaki is anonymous (as usual). Elkin Soto hasn't gone on one of his trademark runs. Nicolai Muller is off the pace.
To make matters worse for Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting—the club's most dangerous player—is warming the bench.
Once Choupo-Moting is subbed on, he changed the game.
He didn't just score, but he routinely caused havoc to the Hoffenheim defence.
When referee Stark ended the game, it was 2-2.
Choupo-Moting is 6'3", a superb dribbler, technically brilliant but hot and cold.
Should a major club take a calculated gamble on him and give him the freedom Gareth Bale enjoyed under Andre Villas-Boas, Choupo-Moting will turn into a superstar.