First half highlights:
4th minute: Early penalty shout for Werder! Ludwig Augustinsson dribbles into the box and falls under pressure from a defender, but the ref waves away the protests and the Green-Whites have to settle for a corner kick.
16th minute: Goal for Mainz. Karim Onisiwo finds space on the left and advances, before opening up his body to curl in a shot on goal. Jiri Pavlenka gets down brilliantly to save with his feet, but the ball ricochets to Adam Szalai, who has the simplest of tasks to tap into an open net.
27th minute: Milot Rashica wins a free kick on the left and stands over it himself. The Kosovan international strikes it well and beats the wall, but it’s just too high and flies over the bar.
31st minute: A golden opportunity for Niclas Füllkrug! The striker times his run to perfection to beat his man and is through on goal, but directs his shot straight at Zentner in the Mainz goal.
38th minute: Strong save from Jiri Pavlenka! Leandro Barreiro Martins meets a cross into the Werder box with his right foot and his volley is heading into the bottom corner, but for the left glove of SVW’s number one.
44th minute: Disallowed goal for Werder. Theodor Gebre Selassie whips in a great corner that causes absolute chaos in the box as Robin Zentner drops the ball and has it poked out from under him by Kevin Möhwald. Josh Sargent pounces on the loose ball and smashes it home, but VAR rules that Möhwald won the ball illegally and rules it out. Tough luck for the Green-Whites.