March 9, 2013
Mainz 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen passed up the chance to move above second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this afternoon as they lost at Mainz.
Andreas Ivanschitz netted the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the 61st minute to lift the hosts to sixth spot.
The win ended a run of four straight draws for Mainz, who have lost just once in the last nine matches, while Leverkusen saw their four-match unbeaten streak ended and remained a point adrift of champions Dortmund, who went down 2-1 at Schalke.
Leverkusen had the first chance after 10 minutes but Michal Kadlec headed over.
Mainz went closer to finding the breakthrough two minutes later but Adam Szalai's blast crashed against the crossbar.
Leverkusen were dangerous again in the 26th minute as Stefan Kiessling ran onto a long ball from Daniel Carvajal but could not beat Mainz goalkeeper Christian Wetklo.
Another opportunity arrived for the visitors 11 minutes after the break but Wetklo fended away Kiessling's attempt and Lars Bender lashed the rebound wide.
The deadlock was broken just after the hour mark when Ivanschitz coolly despatched his left-footed spot-kick into the bottom-right corner after Manuel Friedrich was ruled to have handled the ball in the box.
The match grew a bit tetchy in the closing stages, with three yellow cards shown for dissent - to Mainz duo Szalai and Nikolce Noveski and Leverkusen's Friedrich - in the space of three minutes late on.
Leverkusen had one final chance in the 89th minute but Carvajal's low long-range shot following a corner was superbly saved by Wetklo.
|Andreas Ivanschitz (pen 61')|
|29 Christian Wetklo||1 Bernd Leno|
|4 Nikolce Noveski||2 Daniel Schwaab|
|2 Bo Svensson||5 Manuel Friedrich|
|3 Zdenek Pospech||24 Michal Kadlec|
|16 Stefan Bell||20 Daniel Carvajal|
|14 Julian Baumgartlinger||3 Stefan Reinartz|
|19 Elkin Soto||6 Simon Rolfes|
|7 Niki Zimling||8 Lars Bender|
|28 Adám Szalai||11 Stefan Kießling|
|25 Andreas Ivanschitz||9 Andre Schürrle|
|27 Nicolai Müller||27 Gonzalo Castro|
|39 Ivan Klasnic||Michael Rensing 33|
|17 Chinedu Ede||Sebastian Boenisch 17|
|10 Maxim Choupo-Moting||Sidney Sam 18|
|23 Marcel Risse||Jens Hegeler 13|
|33 Heinz Müller||Hajime Hosogai 14|
|11 Yunus Malli||Dominik Kohr 31|
|31 Shawn Parker||Arkadiusz Milik 16|
|Marcel Risse for Andreas Ivanschitz (69)||Jens Hegeler for Simon Rolfes (65)|
|Maxim Choupo-Moting for Adám Szalai (89)||Sidney Sam for Stefan Reinartz (78)|
|Chinedu Ede for Nicolai Müller (90)||Arkadiusz Milik for Michal Kadlec (79)|
|Stefan Bell (40)||Stefan Reinartz (20)|
|Adám Szalai (79)||Manuel Friedrich (81)|
|Nikolce Noveski (82)|
|· Squads: Mainz | Bayer Leverkusen|