Well aware of the urgency their precarious place in the standings represented, Mainz began the contest in sharp fashion, not allowing their opponents to settle into a rhythm. Still hopeful of earning a place in European competition next season, the visitors eventually shook off their Mainz shackles and fashioned a chance through returning attacker Raffael, who failed to find the target. The 05ers hopes were focused on getting high balls into the opposition box, but they hadn't counted on Jannik Vestergaard making a miraculous recovery from a foot fracture, the Dane easily dealing with the aerial threat.
It was not for nothing that Mainz collected the majority of their points tally at home this term, and going into the second half, Sandro Schwarz's side looked to take advantage of their Opel Arena home to get the better of the Foals. Pablo De Blasis tested Yann Sommer with a strong effort the goalkeeper couldn't hold onto while the visiting custodian was called into action again soon after, tipping Alexander Hack's effort onto the bar, before clinging on. With the game heading to a close, Rene Adler pulled off a fine stop to deny a Patrick Herrman shot.
- Gladbach finished a game 0-0 for the first time this season.
- This is the lowest points total Mainz have had in the Bundesliga after 28 matches (26).
- The 05ers have earned 18 of their 26 points this season at home.
- Borussia Mönchengladbach have only picked up nine points from 11 games in 2018.
- Hecking's side have lost six of their last eight away matches.
Mainz: Adler – Bell (c), Gbamin, Hack – Donati, Serdar (Holtmann 84'), Latza, Brosinski – Öztunali (Quaison 76'), De Blasis – Berggreen (Ujah 90+2')
Unused subs: Müller, Balogun, De Jong, Quaison, Maxim,
Absentees: Zentner (knee), Diallo (broken nose)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
Gladbach: Sommer – Elvedi (Mayer 71'), Ginter, Vestergaard, Wendt – Herrmann, Kramer, Cuisance (Hofmann 86'), Hazard – Stindl (c), Raffael (Drmic 63')
Unused subs: Sippel, Egbo, Benes
Absentees: Vestergaard (foot), Doucoure (thigh), Oxford (thigh), Traore (fitness), Grifo (knee ligaments), Zakaria (thigh), Villalba (thigh), Bobadilla (thigh)
Coach: Dieter Hecking