Andre Schurrle's stunning long range strike three minutes from full time was enough to lift European hopefuls Mainz to victory over ten-man Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
With the hosts struggling to hang onto their Europa League spot and Gladbach fighting to avoid relegation, the two teams entered tonight's match with plenty to play for. Mainz dominated possession for most of the game, especially in the second half, but struggled to create chances against a deep-playing Gladbach defence. Schurrle was their most dangerous player, but he was several times stopped by the impressive Dante. He would ultimately prevail with his stunning strike from 25 yards.
Gladbach, who were well worth a point on the day, were dealt a few bad blows from referee Deniz Aytekin. After 53 minutes, striker Mike Hanke was sent off for a second yellow card, an offence that left the visitors in pure defence-mode. As Mainz came forward with numbers, the visitors had chances on the counterattack, and ought to have earned a penalty 20 minutes from full time when Marco Reus was felled in the box by Eugen Polanski. However, no spot-kick was awarded, and Schurrle's strike sealed the hosts' victory.
Tonight's result sees Gladbach remain at the very bottom of the Bundesliga table, while Mainz stay fifth after moving three points clear of Nuernberg.