Leverkusen gets 1st Bundesliga win after losing opening 3

BERLIN (AP) – Bayer Leverkusen ended its three-game losing start to the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over Mainz on Sunday.

The unmarked Kai Havertz scored the home side’s winner with a header off Julian Brandt’s cross with a half-hour remaining.

Defense-minded Mainz did little for the first 45 minutes but then almost grabbed the lead when Levin Oztunali drew a good save from Lukas Hradecky, who had to react again to deny Jonathan Burkardt from the rebound.

Leverkusen's Kai Havertz, right, celbrates scoring the opening goal against Mainz goalkeeper Florian Mueller, center, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Leverkusen's Kai Havertz, right, celbrates scoring the opening goal against Mainz goalkeeper Florian Mueller, center, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, right, celbrates scoring the opening goal against Mainz goalkeeper Florian Mueller, center, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mainz thought it had scored after the break but Robin Quaison used his arm and the goal was ruled out after referee Marco Fritz consulted video replays.

The result will ease pressure on coach Heiko Herrlich after Leverkusen also beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad 3-2 away in the Europa League on Thursday.

Eintracht Frankfurt hosted Leipzig in Sunday’s late game.

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Mainz's Robin Quaison, right, plays the ball with his hand in front of Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, center, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. A goal right after that scene was cancelled because of a video review by the referee. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mainz's Robin Quaison, right, plays the ball with his hand in front of Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, center, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. A goal right after that scene was cancelled because of a video review by the referee. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mainz’s Robin Quaison, right, plays the ball with his hand in front of Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, center, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. A goal right after that scene was cancelled because of a video review by the referee. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saves a shoot of Mainz's Jonathan Burkardt, left, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saves a shoot of Mainz's Jonathan Burkardt, left, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saves a shoot of Mainz’s Jonathan Burkardt, left, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mainz's Stefan Bell, top, and Leverkusen's Isaac Kiese Thelin, bottom, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mainz's Stefan Bell, top, and Leverkusen's Isaac Kiese Thelin, bottom, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mainz’s Stefan Bell, top, and Leverkusen’s Isaac Kiese Thelin, bottom, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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