Mainz with chances, Gladbach with the goal
The game immediately picked up speed, Mainz put Gladbach under pressure at the beginning and had several good opportunities. Jonathan Burkardt narrowly failed with a header (10th), Karim Onisiwo was stopped at the last moment by Denis Zakaria (15th).
Gladbach was unlucky with injuries: Nico Elvedi with an ankle injury (28th) and Breel Embolo with a damaged thigh (30th) had to abandon the game and be replaced. After these interruptions, Gladbach got back into the game better and took the lead: Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner let a shot from Ramy Bensebaini clap off from about 25 meters, Florian Neuhaus dusted off (38th). Shortly before the break, Bensebaini just missed the second goal with a header (43.).
Mainz is rewarded for the offensive late
Even after the break, the teams played an entertaining game: Jae-sung Lee withdrew from 18 meters after a one-two with Burkardt, Gladbach’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer parried (46th). Burkardt was also close to equalizing, narrowly missing a pass from Onisiwo in the 51st minute.
Mainz kept the pressure up and was rewarded in the 76th minute: Widmer came on the right side in the penalty area to the ball, with his left he circled the ball into the left corner. Gladbach’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer parried brilliantly again and again and prevented Mainz from taking three points.