Both coaches made four changes before the game. Mainz coach Jan-Moritz Lichte dived Mwene, Hack, Quaison and Hack against Kilian, Öztunali, Burkhardt and Niakhaté.
Peter Bosz made three changes in his team due to injuries (Arias, Wirtz and Schick), while Bellarabi rotated on the bench. They were replaced by Lars Bender, Amiri, Bailey and Alario.
Leverkusen took control of the game early on. Mainz did not take place offensively. In the 30th minute, it was Alario who headed the ball into the goal from seven meters.
After the break, Mainz pressed a little earlier and tried to disrupt the Leverkusen play structure early on. So they took Leverkusen the flow of the game. In the 79th minute, the Leverkusen-based Tapsoba saw the red card due to an alleged emergency brake, which was revised by the video evidence due to a previously determined offside position.
Mainz did not manage to put Leverkusen in danger, so that the Bayer-Elf could bring the 1-0 over time.