VfL Wolfsburg-Spieler Wiliam im Zweikampf mit einem Gegenspieler.
MI . 26.  SEP . 2018
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Wolves held in Mainz

VfL Wolfsburg put in a committed display on Matchday 5, but were held to a 0-0 draw away to a disciplined 1. FSV Mainz 05 side.

VfL Wolfsburg-Spieler Wiliam im Zweikampf mit einem Gegenspieler.

The Wolves started well in Mainz, with the lively Josip Brekalo striking the post midway through the first period. The hosts grew into proceedings, however, and enjoyed the better of the second half, before Daniel Ginczek and Ridle Baku both struck the woodwork late on. A busy week for Bruno Labbadia's side concludes with the visit of Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CEST).

Brekalo back for Wolves

Wolfsburg head coach Labbadia made three changes following the 3-1 defeat to SC Freiburg. Ginczek was handed his first start of the season up front in place of Wout Weghorst, Brekalo returned from illness for Renato Steffen, while Elvis Rexhbecaj made his first appearance of the campaign in place of Yannick Gerhardt. Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz opted for four changes, including starts for Anthony Ujah and Alexandru Maxim.

Livewire Brekalo

With fresh faces in three of the four forward positions, Wolfsburg made an enterprising start. One of those changes, Brekalo, enjoyed the visitors' first chance, although sent his powerful shot straight at Mainz goalkeeper Florian Müller. It was to be an oft-repeated duel as the Wolves took control of proceedings, Brekalo striking the base of Müller's left-hand post midway through the half. Ginczek was next to go close, hooking a shot wide from the edge of the box in the 33rd minute, before Müller had to be sharp to deny Brekalo one on one five minutes later. Mainz ended with a late flurry, but Jean-Philippe Gbamin's effort was ruled out for offside in first-half injury time.

VfL Spieler Josip Brekalo spielt einen Pass.

Ginczek hits the woodwork

The hosts continued in the same forward-thinking vein after the break. Maxim bent a 58th-minute free-kick over, a warning shot for the Wolves, before Robin Quaison fired over three minutes later. Ujah then spurned two chances in quick succession, volleying the first over the bar from an acute angle, before heading straight at a grateful Koen Casteels. Having survived Mainz's pressure unscathed, Labbadia's troops began to fashion opportunities of their own late on – Ginczek enjoyed the best chance, but could only steer his low shot onto the post in the 77th minute. Baku's late effort then crashed off the bar, but as it was both sides were forced settled for a point, the sixth straight Bundesliga draw between the pair.

1. FSV Mainz 05: Müller – Brosinski (Mwene 30'), Bell, Niakhate, Aaron – Gbamin, Baku – Onisiwo (Boetius 64'), Maxim (Mateta 75'), Quaison – Ujah

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Camacho, Arnold – Mehmedi (Malli 70'), Rexhbecaj, Brekalo (Steffen 88') – Ginczek (Weghorst 82')

Goals: -

Yellow cards: Mehmedi, Camacho / Maxim

Attendance: 19,200

Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)

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