FSV Mainz 05 vs. Monchengladbach | 2017-18 Bundesliga Highlights

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Watch Matchday 28 highlights between Mainz and Borussia Monchengladbach.

ANNOUNCER 1: Mainz went into this match in the relegation playoff spot, and they knew they could simply not afford to come away from the game empty handed. Gladbach, with World Cup winner Christoph Kramer back in the side, also knew that if their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League were to stay alive, they couldn't afford to lose either.

The first 10 minutes saw both sides having trouble getting settled. The first real chance fell to Raffael, who started for the first time in nine games. The Brazilian, though, unable to add to his 7 goals for the season. Mainz eventually got going and threatened 7 minutes later, when captain Stefan Bell got a shot away against a new-look five-man defense that Gladbach coach Dieter Heckling had introduced in the week before the game.

With a couple of minutes to go in the first 45, the Foals nearly got the breakthrough they were looking for when Lars Stindl had his effort blocked by Bell. And there was even a small penalty shout for Gbamin's follow-up on the Gladbach captain. In a first half devoid of real action, a yellow card and a penalty would have certainly made the highlights. After breaking his goal drought in the previous game against Hoffenheim, Stindl was starting to look thirsty again.

Mainz had always looked the team most up for this game, perhaps because their need was greater. Pablo de Blasis was always at the center of any danger that came from Mainz. His shot 3 minutes after the restart was from too narrow an angle. Mainz almost cracked the visitors' resolute defense six minutes past the hour when Alexander Hack produced a fine reaction save from Yann Sommer. The keeper opted to stay on his line in what may have been a bad decision, but his reflexes kept the score at 0-0.

Sometimes, a substitution can make all the difference. And it nearly did in this one. In time added on, a back pass by Mainz substitute Anthony Ujah nearly gifted all 3 points to Gladbach. Rene Adler's backside denied Drmic his second goal in as many games, as the match lurched on to a goalless draw-- a result that, based on the input from both sides, was the correct one.