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Mainz fan dressed as clown goes through a full-range of emotions in Bundesliga relegation scrap

Replays show the fan go through a catalogue of highs and lows as Mainz stage a stunning comeback to ensure top-flight survival

They say there’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.

But how about a clown sat in the stands of a tense relegation scrap?

This happy lot are staying up

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This happy lot are staying up

One fan perfectly demonstrated the highs and lows of supporting a club hovering around the drop-zone during the weekend’s local derby clash between Rhine-Main rivals Mainz and Frankfurt.

Frankfurt were leading the game 2-0 with only 40 minutes remaining, but Mainz rallied to a stunning 4-2 win to more-or-less ensure another season in Germany’s top-flight.

Bojan Krkic celebrates Mainz’s comeback

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Bojan Krkic celebrates Mainz’s comeback

The fan, dressed in full clown-gear and make-up, was the subject to numerous close-ups during the highly-emotional game.

Mainz were in deep trouble after 50 minutes, when Haris Seferovic’s slotted home Frankfurt’s second goal of the match.

And to sum up the mood inside the stadium, TV cameras focused on one fan in particular who looked less-than-jovial despite his fancy-dress.

Not a happy clown

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Not a happy clown

But 10 minutes later, despair turned to hope after a quickfire double for Die Nullfunfer turned the game around.

Cue a scene that every football fan knows very, very well.

Prayers after Mainz pulled one back

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Prayers after Mainz pulled one back

With 15 minutes to go, Bojan Krkic, on-loan from Stoke, set up Yoshinori Muto brilliantly for Mainz’s third.

And jubilation as the comeback is complete

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And jubilation as the comeback is complete

And their stunning comeback was complete after a late penalty kept Mainz outside of the drop-zone, and virtually safe.

Football, eh?

No wonder we’re all emotional wrecks.

One happy clown

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One happy clown

Fancy-dress is no joke at the Opel Arena, with Mainz renowned for it’s world-famous annual carnival which has an unusual emphasis on the political and literary humour of the city.

Full-time jesters spend three-quarters of the year preparing costumes, dances, songs and speeches for the celebration that traditionally begins on 11 November, and is one of the largest events of it’s kind in Germany.