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Final chance for Gladbach? Hofmann's free-kick is met by Bensebaini, but he heads over and puts his head in his hands.
Four more minutes to settle this...
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Stindl! No! Offside!
The Gladbach skipper tucks away a through ball and thinks he's drawn his side level, but the flag immediately goes up for offside to stop those celebrations.
Time is running out for Gladbach to maintain their unbeaten start to the season...
Still Gladbach possession
Gladbach burst back to life as Hofmann and Stindl exchanges passes in the box. The former Mainz man is about to fire across goal until a key block comes in.
Mainz were - to put it kindly - not good away from home last season. But this year they've won both their previous away games and haven't trailed in any of the three on the road so far.
Somewhat against the balance of play
Aaron 'Free-Kick' Martin
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What a hit from Martin!
Salt in the wound from Mainz as they take the lead from the ensuing free-kick. Just over 20 yards out and a smidge left of centre, the left-footed Aaron Martin flashes it over the wall and into the top corner with Sommer rooted to the spot. It's suddenly all turned Mainz's way.
Gladbach down to 10!
Out of nowhere, the hosts are a man down as Itakura wrestles Onisiwo to the ground as the Austria international was running clear after a flicked header. There's a VAR check for a potential offside but the Japan international is told he has to go by referee Aytekin. That was only the second foul Itakura has committed in five Bundesliga games.
Situation Red card
Review Previous offside?
Decision Red card
He had to go off with a knock last week in Munich and he looks to be going off again today as the Frenchman grabs his groin. Stindl has been sent to warm up.
The midfielder is given time and space on the edge of the box so decides to have a go. It bounces awkwardly in front of Zentner as he fives to his left, so it's a good stop as he pushes it wide.
Nico Elvedi doesn't miss much of the action but he's been in the wars a bit today and doesn't come back out for the second half. Marvin Friedrich is on, going to right centre-back. Ko Itakura shifts over to the left.
Mainz started so well but failed to make that advantage tell. Gladbach then burst into life midway through the half and have had a string of chances - with Thuram almost always involved. But somehow it's still all square and without a goal.
Cracking first half
Two extra minutes to be played in a first half that is somehow still goalless.
Thuram denied again!
More quick play from Gladbach. Plea with a chip over the top, Neuhaus takes it down in the air and touches it right to Thuram. He hits it first time but Zentner had spread himself well as he flew out to make a brace save.
An action-packed half
Now Mainz find themselves in behind with a through ball, but Elvedi forces Onisiwo wide and makes the block on the slide.
Golden chance squandered!
A defensive mistake high up the pitch allows Gladbach in as Thuram races free with not a single red shirt in sight. He can either go at Zentner alone or squad with Neuhaus coming up alongside him. He goes for the latter but gets the pass all wrong and Kohr - setting the Mainz speed record for the season - slides in to stop a tap in. That had to be a goal.
Thuram the handful
Marcus Thuram Dominik Kohr
Off the bar!
Another Gladbach counter, this time up the right as Plea plays in Thuram. He again cuts in, back himself on his left foot this time. It looks to be going in but just clips the top of the crossbar.
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Mistimed from Kone
The Mainz press works and they win the ball back high with Barreiro trying to race clear. Kone sees a chance to slide in but is late and catches the Mainz man on the ankle. Clear yellow and a free-kick 25 yards out.
Gladbach break with a brilliant through ball from Hofmann up the middle to Thuram. He cuts in onto his right and sees his effort blocked. It comes back out to him though and he gets another bite at the cherry. This one bounces back off the chest of Zentner and away. But that was electric from the hosts.
Foals finding their stride
It's taken them a while but Gladbach are finally finding their groove today and getting forward, with Scally and Bensebaini now also getting out from the back.
Thuram off target
First sight of goal this afternoon from Marcus Thuram but his shot is always rising from the edge of the box.
Good start by Mainz
Off the line!
And again Mainz come close to an opener as they win a header from a corner. This time it's Bensebaini back on the line to clear with Sommer beaten.
Not looking good for the Gladbach defender as he tries to clear the ball on his left foot. Possibly an overstretch, possibly the impact of catching Onisiwo on the way through. But Friedrich has been sent to warm up.
Here come the teams
Deniz Aytekin leads the two teams out at a capacity Borussia-Park...
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TEAM NEWS - GLADBACH
Farke has kept faith with the majority of the team that held Bayern to a 1-1 draw last week, the only change being Bensebaini returning to left-back following injury, with Netz dropping to the bench. It's the same first XI for the Foals that began their first three league outings. Deadline day signing Julian Weigl, meanwhile, is on the bench and could make his first Bundesliga appearance since 20 December 2019.
TEAM NEWS - MAINZ
Svensson has made two changes to his side following last week's loss against Leverkusen: Barreiro comes into central midfield in place of Stach to make his first start this season, while Lee replaces Fulgini in a more attacking role in the team's customary 3-4-3 formation.
GLADBACH STARTING XI
Sommer (c) - Scally, Itakura, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kone, Kramer, Neuhaus - Hofmann, Thuram, Plea
Sippel, Friedrich, Herrmann, Weigl, Wolf, Stindl, N'Goumou, Netz, Jantschke
MAINZ STARITNG XI
Zentner - Bell, Hack, Leitsch - Widmer (c), Kohr, Barreiro, Aaron - Lee - Burkardt, Onisiwo
Dahmen, Barkok, Stach, Fulgini, Tauer, Caci, Fernandes, Mustapha, Burgzorg
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HEAD TO HEAD
History is on the Foals' side in this fixture, with 14 wins and 10 draws from the 32 Bundesliga meetings to date. Mainz have triumphed just eight times, and only once in the 12 most recent encounters: a 2-1 success at Borussia-Park in February 2021.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING - GLADBACH
"We're happy with our unbeaten start - it pushes us on," said Foals boss Daniel Farke. "Mainz have started well too though and could have gotten a result against Leverkusen. They play with a lot of intensity so we will need a top performance on Sunday. We're still without Stevie Lainer on the weekend. Otherwise, we have the full squad at our disposal, which is great news."
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING - MAINZ
"We've had a good week of training," said Mainz head coach Bo Svensson in his pre.match media briefing. "The boys have been stuck in and I'm pleased. But everything depends on the game. We need to do better in possession than we did against Leverkusen [a 3-0 defeat]. We've worked on that this week."
Currently in seventh place following the weekend's other results, Gladbach could climb to fifth with victory here, level on 11 points with third-placed Bayern. The Foals have won both of their home encounters this season, earning victories over Hoffenheim and Hertha, so will be confident of getting another positive result. Mainz, meanwhile, go into the game just a point behind Gladbach after posting two wins and a draw from their first four outings.
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HELLO AND WELCOME
We round out Bundesliga Matchday 5 today with Gladbach out to extend their unbeaten start to the season, fresh from holding Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw last week, while Mainz are looking for a third straight away win.