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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Yoshinori Muto (44')
  • Josip Brekalo (6')

Mainz hit back to hold Wolfsburg

Bruno Labbadia was denied victory in his first game as Wolfsburg boss as hosts Mainz claimed a point from a 1-1 Bundesliga draw.
Josip Brekalo fired the 14th-placed Wolves ahead, but Yoshinori Muto levelled to stop the visitors pulling four points clear of Mainz, who leapfrog Werder Bremen, in the battle to avoid the drop.
It took Wolfsburg only six minutes to take the lead at the Opel Arena as Croatian forward Brekalo reacted fastest to poke the ball beyond Robin Zentner following a corner.
Josuha Guilavogui went close to making it 2-0 when he headed against the crossbar but, just before the break, Mainz equalised as Muto steered in Gerrit Holtmann's pass.
Wolfsburg were further frustrated when their former Mainz striker Yunus Malli missed an open goal after the hour mark, and heads were in hands when Daniel Didavi clattered a post with a late cross-shot.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Dortmund 21 +31 50
2 Bayern Munich 22 +24 48
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 21 +20 42
4 RB Leipzig 21 +20 38
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 21 +13 33
6 Bayer Leverkusen 21 +5 33
7 VfL Wolfsburg 21 +2 32
8 Hertha Berlin 21 +3 31
9 TSG Hoffenheim 21 +9 30
10 Werder Bremen 21 +4 30
11 Mainz 21 -10 27
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 21 -14 25
13 SC Freiburg 21 -8 23
14 Schalke 04 21 -7 22
15 FC Augsburg 22 -9 18
16 VfB Stuttgart 21 -30 15
17 Hannover 96 21 -24 14
18 Nurnberg 21 -29 12