Hardly troubled for the entire match, and cannot be faulted for Farfan's goal. Almost scored an own goal after the penalty, but it would have been a very cruel turn of events.
Less active than Noveski, but still rather tidy in defence. Made no glaring errors, which is the mark of a good performance.
Was forced to clean up Fuchs' mess time and time again, and did quite well. Strong in the tackle and a real leader. Earned a booking, however.
Won the majority of his challenges and had many touches on the ball, but was caught out of position far too often. Conceded a penalty to Farfan, and had to be bailed out far too many times.
Started the game very well in attack, and was industrious throughout. Faded as Schalke played more conservatively to deny the counterattack after their opener. Risse was withdrawn after 60 minutes as Tuchel sought more appropriate personnel for the game at hand.
Played a great ball forward to Allagui early on, and was very active in the midfield. Sacrificed for the more attack-minded Holtby on the hour mark when his team needed a goal.
Very active in possession and made a couple great overlapping runs, but was woefully caught out of position when Schmitz beat him to the ball and set up Farfan's opener.
Deployed as a central playmaker, but failed to create much of a threat for the Schalke back line. He struggled to draw out the defence and create opportunities for Allagui, and was substituted after an hour.
Earned a booking, but was generally quick to the ball, strong in the tackle, and cool in possession. Won 10 of 13 attempted challenges, made 85 touches, and was neat with the ball at his feet.
One of the few Mainz attackers to look dangerous in the first hour, but loses credit for taking a very poor penalty when his team desperately needed an equaliser.
Conceded a penalty, but could hardly have done much else with Szalai through on goal. Had very little to do in goal, but saved Schuerrle's spot kick, and made a prophetic run to clear a dangerous ball late in the first half.
Made a couple timely interventions, but also conceded too many needless free kicks near the penalty area. Not the best game from the centre half, who had shown resurgent form in recent games.
Outstanding on the left flank. His run and cut back forced Farfan's opener. Schmitz was tireless and surprisingly skillful in attack on the left flank, but also played well in defence and won seven of his ten challenges.
The Bundesliga's most improved player of the fall campaign was an ever-ready outlet on the right flank, and combative in defence. Was a bit loose in his passing, but linked well with Farfan. Substituted late after sustaining an ankle injury.
Positioned himself well and was not as sloppy as Hoewedes. Had only limited pressure, but dealt with it rather well.
Among the most active players on the pitch during the first 38 minutes. Showed good control in the centre, but was somewhat surprisingly withdrawn before half-time. He carried a slight limp, but might have been substituted for disciplinary reasons.
Outstanding in the centre of the park, especially in the first half. The Croatian midfielder adapted well to a holding role, and was very strong both in defense and as a deep playmaker. His majestic ball released Schmitz ahead of Farfan's opener.
Good in distribution from deep and strong in defence, but rather surprisingly substituted after 63 minutes.
Blocked Jurado's shot which "assisted" Farfan's opener. Appears to have reverted to an indirect, deeper role as he had earlier in the season, but the veteran did well in possession, even if he was hardly an attacking threat.
Won an early penalty, and was a constant thorn in the left side of the Mainz defense. Repeatedly found himself behind Fuchs, and catalysed many of the visitors' attacking runs. Plus, he scored the only goal of the game - man of the match.
Had a very minimal role. Missed a penalty, and that is just about all. He seems to suffer without Raul properly alongside him in attack.
- 33 H. Müller
Like Holtby, the holding midfielder came off the bench with fresh, capable legs. Caligiuri was always near the ball, and won it back with aplomb. His energy led to a dramatic increase in possession for the hosts late in the game.
- 3 M. Fathi
- 15 J. Kirchhoff
Ran around like a man possessed as he took on his parent club. Played in a brilliant through ball to Szalai ahead of the penalty, and was unfortunate his side failed to draw level. The 20-year old was extremely aggressive, and played a huge role in bringing his side back into the game.
- 21 M. Karhan
Replaced Ivanschitz for the final half hour. Won a penalty not long after his substitution, and had an effort deflected off the crossbar. A good, if brief, performance from the Hungarian.
- 33 M. Schober
Replaced Kluge for the final 27 minutes. The young Greek defender had minimal impact, but effectively served as a defensive "plug" in the centre.
On for the final three minutes.
- 19 M. Gavranović
- 26 E. Jendrišek
Replaced Jurado late in the first half and added a different, workmanlike dynamic to the left side of Schalke's attack. Played very directly and offered little by means of creativity, but his pace and work rate were troubling for Mainz.