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Highlights

0:15
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Watch: Xabi Alonso on hard-earned win

0:11
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Watch: Granit Xhaka explains celebration

90'
+ 5

Full time: Leverkusen 2-1 Mainz

They were made to work hard by a dogged, well-organised Mainz side, but Leverkusen prevail to move 11 points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table. Long-range efforts from Xhaka and Andrich did the job, adding that little bit of extra pressure on Bayern ahead of their clash with RB Leipzig on Saturday.
Full-time
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
2.
Jonathan Tah
Jonathan Tah33.66km/h
3.
Karim Onisiwo
Karim Onisiwo32.86km/h
87'

Pass master

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Pass master
Wirtz, who has set a new single-season personal best of 10 assists now, is also Leverkusen's best passer of the ball in this game.
Pass Efficiency
3.25
3.34
Florian Wirtz
Silvan Widmer
3.01
2.03
Edmond Tapsoba
Brajan Gruda
2.69
1.77
Granit Xhaka
Leandro Barreiro
82'

Keep ball

Leverkusen are happy to stroke the ball around among themselves, trying to draw Mainz out. The visitors aren't biting yet though and are sitting deep, perhaps with the hope of snatching a late draw with a swift counter-attack.
80'

Mainz down to 10

Ngankam is given a straight red card for a late tackle on Xhaka. He was initially given a yellow but the decision was changed after a VAR review.
79'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
SituationNo red card
ReviewFoul?
DecisionRed card
78'

Lovely from Xhaka

The Leverkusen midfielder dinks a lovely ball over the defence for Grimaldo to chase. He can't make a clean connection on the ball but still gets a corner for his efforts.
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Long-range expert

Over half of Andrich’s 13 Bundesliga goals have been from distance, the midfielder netting his seventh from long range here. It’s his first goal of the season, and first in 27 Bundesliga games.
68'

Leverkusen lead again!

It had been coming and finally Leverkusen have their goal. It's not one Zentner will want to see again though - the goalkeeper having made so many impressive saves so far in this game. Wirtz lays the ball off for Andrich, 30 yards out. He wastes no time in unleashing a powerful, swerving drive that Zentner neither catches nor punches clear, instead palming it into his own net.
68'
Robert Andrich
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
2 %
Shot speed
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Shot speed
Shot speed describes the maximum speed in km/h that a ball reaches in a shot on goal. The distance is measured from the location of the shot to the centre of the goal.
103.88 km/h
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
30.65 m
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Speed demon

Frimpong has made more sprints (28) than anyone else in this game, as well as being the fastest player on the pitch so far (35.5 km/h).
62'

Just wide from Adli

The attacker meets a corner at the near post and glances a header across goal. Zentner is beaten but the ball flashes just wide.
57'

Tactical change

Hofmann doesn't look too happy at being taken off - he's had more shots (four) than anyone else, after all. Schick comes on in what is presumably a tactical switch from Xabi Alonso.
56'

Glorious chance for Mainz

Tapsoba with a huge blunder as he plays the ball across his own penalty area without properly checking. Lee arrives at pace to intercept and shoots first time but his effort goes well over - he could have taken a touch to control it there.
55'

Expected goals

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The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
Leverkusen ahead in this category so far...
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1
1.07
0.67
1
Goals
53'

Wirtz magic

Lovely footwork from Wirtz on the left as he jinks his way into a shooting position. He gets a shot away but it's deflected over by a defender.
51'

Tah redeems himself

Amiri floats the free-kick over the defence to the back post and Barreiro volleys it back across the face of goal. Tah gets to it first though and deals with the threat.
50'

Dangerous location

Tah gets a booking for bringing down Onisiwo on the edge of the area, giving Mainz a free-kick in prime territory...
47'

First chance for Mainz!

A ball is floated into the box from the right and Mwene gets above his marker to get his head on the ball, but it floats wide of the target.
46'

Here we go again!

Mainz restart the action in the second half. No changes from either side at the break.
Kick-off!
45'
+ 3

Half-time: Leverkusen 1-1 Mainz

It's been a brilliantly entertaining game so far. Leverkusen took the lead inside three minutes through Xhaka's stunner but Mainz responded in ideal fashion, equalising moments later thanks to Kohr's diving header. The home side have been in the ascendancy since then and have had a number of good chances to take the lead once more, but Mainz goalkeeper Zentner has kept the visitors in the game.
Half-time
43'

Just over from Grimaldo

The left-back curls a 25-yard free-kick at goal that Zentner does well to tip over the bar for a corner.
43'

Leverkusen turning the screw

The home side's shot count is rapidly rising...
Goal attempts
6off target
5on target
2off target
4on target
40'

Zentner thwarts Hofmann!

The midfielder goes one-on-one with the Mainz goalkeeper after a sloppy back-pass. He could square to the unmarked Wirtz in the middle, but opts instead to shoot from a tight angle. Zentner makes a good save though.
37'

Grimaldo!

The Spaniard gets his first sight of goal today and arrows a powerful effort at the target, but it's blocked by a defender.
35'

Let off for Zentner

The visitors thank their lucky stars as Zentner wants a bit too much time on the ball on the edge of his own penalty area. He gets his pocket picked and the goal is wide open, but there are enough defenders back to cover and stop Frimpong shooting.
31'

Telling stats

Way more passes attempted and a much greater percentage completed (89% to 78%) - it tells you all you need to know about Leverkusen's quality.
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255
101
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
29'
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SituationNo red card
ReviewDenied goal-scoring opportunity?
DecisionNo card
27'

Frimpong tries a flick

The chances are coming with greater frequency for Leverkusen now as Wirtz slides a pass into Frimpong's run on the right. The Dutchman tries to back-heel it past Zentner but can't make any contact.
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Kohr ends his drought

After 28 Bundesliga games without a goal, Kohr has found the target again today. It was the seventh headed goal Leverkusen have conceded this season.
23'

Another opening

Grimaldo floats a cross over the defence, looking for Frimpong. It's a brilliant delivery but the referee blows his whistle for offside.
20'

Xhaka thunderbolt

Wirtz lays the ball off to Xhaka, just outside the area. He goes for power over precision this time and absolutely smacks an effort at goal that Zentner can't hold. Frimpong goes for the rebound but fouls the goalkeeper in the process and Mainz breathe a sigh of relief.
16'

Chance for Hofmann!

Frimpong slides a clever ball into the path of Hofmann, darting behind the Mainz defence. His angled shot from the right is well saved by Zentner though.
15'

Bold visitors

They may be near the foot of the table and away to the rampant leaders, but Mainz look to be going for it here and are currently dominating the shot count.
Goal attempts
0off target
1on target
1off target
3on target
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Milestone goal

Xhaka's goal was his first since moving to Leverkusen last summer, arriving with his 25th shot. He becomes the team's 15th different scorer this season - a league-high total alongside Bayern Munich.
10'

Onisiwo has a go

The Mainz forward takes aim from distance but it's straight at Lukáš Hrádecký, who makes a routine save.
8'

Mainz equalise!

Well, well, well! A brilliant response from the visitors to level the score almost immediately! Amiri floats a free-kick over the defence towards the back post, where Widmer heads the ball back into the middle. Kohr gets the first and plants a firm header high into the net!
7'

Dominik Kohr

GOAL!

1:1
Dominik Kohr
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
24 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
7.96 m
6'

No way back for Mainz?

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No way back for Mainz?
Xabi Alonso's side were clear favourites to win this game at kick-off - and even more so now after that Xhaka strike.
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70.5 %
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81.6 %
4'

Xhaka stunner!

Wow! A perfect start from Leverkusen. Grimaldo's attempted cross into the middle from the left hits a defender and ricochets out to Xhaka, lurking on the left-hand corner of the penalty area. The Swiss midfielder strikes it first time and curls a looping effort over Zentner and into the net!
3'

Granit Xhaka

GOAL!

1:0
Granit Xhaka
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
2 %
Shot speed
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Shot speed
Shot speed describes the maximum speed in km/h that a ball reaches in a shot on goal. The distance is measured from the location of the shot to the centre of the goal.
97.26 km/h
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
25.08 m
2'

Brief opening

There's a roar from the crowd as Frimpong shows his pace to collect a through-ball down the right. His attempted pass to Wirtz is cut out by a defender though.
1'

Peep peeeep!

Leverkusen get Matchday 23 under way!
Kick-off!

Team news - Leverkusen

The Bundesliga leaders have made three changes following their 2-1 victory in Heidenheim last weekend, with Xabi Alonso starting with Kossounou and Tapsoba in the back three alongside Tah, in place of Hincapie and Stanišić. Further forward, Hofmann begins in place of Schick.
0:07
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Watch: A glimpse inside Mainz's dressing room

Team news - Mainz

Head coach Bo Henriksen makes just the one change to his side following last week's 1-0 win over Augsburg, with Silvan Wider coming into the team for Andreas Hanche-Olsen, who is sidelined with a thigh injury.
1:22
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Watch: Leverkusen are in the building!

Leverkusen starting XI

Hrádecký (c) - Kossounou, Tah, Tapsoba - Frimpong, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo - Hofmann, Wirtz - Adli

Leverkusen subs

Kovář, Stanišić, Hincapie, Mbamba, Puerta, Iglesias, Schick, Tella, Hložek

Mainz starting XI

Zentner (c) - Kohr, Van den Berg, Caci - Widmer, Barreiro, Amiri, Mwene - Gruda, Onisiwo, Lee

Mainz subs

Rieß, Dal, Müller, Richter, Krauß, Guilavogui, Papela, Ngankam
1:11
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Watch: Alejandro Grimaldo - knuckleball specialist

Alejandro Grimaldo is showing himself to be a master of the knuckleball at Bayer Leverkusen - check it out for yourself!

Not too Xabi

Leverkusen's head coach has an astonishing record across his 48 Bundesliga games at the helm to date, winning an incredible 31 of them (65 percent), drawing 10 and losing just seven.

Head-to-head

Of the 17 Bundesliga encounters between these two in Leverkusen so far, the hosts have won eight (47 percent), with four draws and five defeats. Die Werkself have scored 23 times in that period to Mainz's 18, at an average of 2.41 goals per game.
2:17
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Watch: The best of Granit Xhaka in 2023/24

The Swiss midfielder is arguably the unsung hero of unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen's Bundesliga title push - here's why.
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Goal kings

Tonight's hosts have already scored as many goals (57) in this Bundesliga season after 22 matchdays as they managed in the entire 2022/23 campaign.
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Tough nuts to crack

Despite their lowly position, Mainz have only conceded 11 goals in the last 13 Bundesliga games, which is the second best defensive record in the Bundesliga behind Bayer Leverkusen (7) during that period.
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Wirtz milestone

Florian Wirtz is set to play his 100th Bundesliga game this evening. If - as is expected - he makes it onto the pitch, he will be the fourth youngest player in history to bring up a century of Bundesliga appearances at 20 years and 296 days old.
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Alonso's view on Mainz

"They have a new coach, he brings new motivation. His teams always play with high energy, which you could see in Zürich and also against Augsburg. Last year we lost at home [to them]. We don't want that to happen again."
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Henriksen's view on Leverkusen

"We will have no fear, even though we know how good Bayer Leverkusen are. They’re currently the best team in Germany. They’ve got a good starting XI, are good on the ball, defend well and get forward quickly - but anything can happen in football."
3:28
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Watch: Leverkusen in pole position

Unbeaten in 32 games and eight points clear at the top, is this the year Leverkusen finally go all the way?
0:42
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Watch: The top 5 skills of the 2023/24 season so far

Silky touches, feints and magnetic control, featuring Jadon Sancho, Andrej Kramarić, Felix Nmecha, Victor Boniface and Xavi.
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Probable line-ups

Who’s set to play this weekend? Who’s going to miss out? Keep up to date with all the latest team news right here!

Contrasting form

Alonso's Leverkusen are unbeaten in 32 games (28 wins). Only Bayern Munich under Hansi Flick had previously achieved such a streak and while Leverkusen are the only team in the division yet to lose at home this season, Mainz are the only side without an away win.
2:03
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Watch: Mainz 0-3 Leverkusen - previous meeting

Second-half goals from Alejandro Grimaldo and Jonas Hofmann secured a 3-0 win for Bayer Leverkusen over Mainz when these sides met earlier this season.
3:54
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Watch: Heidenheim 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen - highlights

Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen extended their undefeated streak in all competitions this season to a record-equalling 32 matches, thanks to a 2-1 win in Heidenheim on Matchday 22.
2:52
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Watch: Mainz 1-0 Augsburg - highlights

There was a winning start to life as Mainz coach for Bo Henriksen last time out, earning a result which takes them to within a point of the relegation play-off position.

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