Gladbach could re-open the race for second place with a win after an earlier Wolfsburg slip-up…
Raffael took advantage of some slack defending from Mainz to put Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 up away from home.
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Raffael managed to get between the Mainz centre-backs to head in a curling cross just before the half-hour mark.
The Mainz keeper did manage to get a hand to it but the Brazilian had put enough pace on it to ricochet into the top corner.
If ‘Gladbach win they could theoretically get back in the race for second spot, after Wolfsburg slipped up earlier in the day with a surprise 1-0 defeat at Augsburg.
See the opening goal below: