Dominant Wolfsburg held by Mainz

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Wolfsburg failed to take their many chances at the Volkswagen Arena on Sunday after they were held to a goalless draw by Mainz.

Wolfsburg 0 Mainz 0

Hosts completely dominant

Lossl saves from Rodriguez early on

Keeper also denies Blaszczykowski

Wolves waste plethora of chances

Match Summary

Dieter Hecking’s side dominated the match and pushed for that opening goal from the start, but poor finishing led to their winless streak in the Bundesliga extending to five games.

The Wolves are down in 13th place after winning just once in the new campaign, while the O-Fives sit just two points above them in 11th spot.

Full Report

The hosts had suffered back-to-back defeats going into the encounter in Lower Saxony and they made a promising start, with Ricardo Rodriguez forcing a save out of Jonas Lossl in the fourth minute from range.

But that’s about as good as it got for Wolfsburg as Jakub Blaszczykowski managed their only other shot on target from 19 attempts – in the 36th minute from inside the box but Lossl was equal to the task again.

Jeffrey Bruma did come close on six minutes with an effort from inside the area that creeped past the left post, while Christian Trasch and Maximilian Arnold were more wasteful with their chances before half-time.

Home keeper Koen Casteels was tested by Karim Onisiwo midway through the first half, but the Austrian striker was denied from outside the area.

The trend continued after the break as the Wolves bossed proceedings but could not convert possession and scoring opportunities into goals.

Mario Gomez missed two chances early in the second half, while a good spell of sustained pressure from the visitors after the hour mark saw Yunus Malli, Levin Oztunali and Onisiwo failed to hit the target with their respective efforts.

Malli did threaten to break the deadlock on 77 minutes with a shot from distance that was saved by Casteels to his left, but the home team looked to finish strongly as they desperately went in search of the lead in the closing stages.

However, Josip Brekalo sent his strike from outside the area off target on 80 minutes, while Julian Draxler steered his header wide from Rodríguez’s corner at the death before Robin Knoche failed to put away Draxler’s delivery moments later.

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