Wolfs­burg and Mainz draw blank

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

In a game with lim­ited scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, VfL Wolfs­burg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 played out a goal­less draw at the Volk­swa­gen Arena yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The Wolves were look­ing for their first win since the open­ing day of the sea­son and dom­i­nated the early stages.

Di­eter Heck­ing’s charges thought they had bro­ken the dead­lock early on when Ju­lian Draxler found the net, only to see the goal ruled out for off­side.

In the main, Wolfs­burg were re­stricted to long-range at­tempts with both Ri­cardo Ro­driguez and Jakub Blaszczykowski sting­ing the gloves of Mainz keeper Jonas Lössl.

Mainz were com­pact in de­fence, look­ing to hit their hosts on the break.

How­ever, the goal­less score­line was a fair re­flec­tion of the game at the break.

Hav­ing fi­nally shaken off the fa­tigue fol­low­ing their Europa League adventure in Azer­bai­jan on Thurs­day, Mainz started the sec­ond half brightly and coun­ter­at­tacked with verve.

On the hour mark, Yunus Malli went close with a neat shimmy and shot from the edge of the box.

A short while later Gi­ulio Donati came to the visi­tors’ res­cue, clear­ing off the line af­ter Draxler had rounded the keeper.

Goal­mouth ac­tion was few and far be­tween af­ter that as both teams looked con­tent to set­tle for the point.

No one player stood out but Mainz keeper To­bias Lössl dealt well with ev­ery­thing that came his way, frus­trat­ing the Wolfs­burg at­tack.

Wolfs­burg have not won since Match­day 1 and are still search­ing for their first vic­tory on home soil this sea­son.

Big name play­ers such as Mario Gomez and Ju­lian Draxler need to find their best form if the Wolves are to fi­nally kick­start their cam­paign.

Wolfs­burg are un­beaten in their last four home games against Mainz.

Mainz had scored and con­ceded in ev­ery game so far this sea­son be­fore this match.

GER­MANY Bun­desliga

Yes­ter­day Wolfs­burg-Mainz ............................. 0-0 Schalke-B. Monchenglad­bach .......... 4-0

Standings

Bay­ern Munich Hertha Ber­lin Dort­mund 1. FC Koln RB Leipzig B. Lev­erkusen Hof­fen­heim E. Frank­furt B. M’glad­bach Freiburg Mainz Augs­burg Wolfs­burg Darm­stadt SV W. Bre­men Schalke In­gol­stadt Ham­burger SV 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 3 1 4 1 1 0 2 1 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 16 2 1 11 7 2 16 6 0 10 3 0 11 5 2 10 7 0 11 9 2 8 6 2 10 10 3 7 9 2 12 11 3 5 8 2 4 7 3 4 12 4 7 17 5 6 10 5 3 12 5 2 12 16 13 12 12 12 10 10 10 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 1 1

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