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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 Bayern Munich 30 +50 70
2 Borussia Dortmund 29 +32 66
3 RB Leipzig 30 +34 61
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 +23 52
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 +12 51
6 TSG Hoffenheim 30 +24 50
7 Bayer Leverkusen 30 +5 48
8 Werder Bremen 30 +10 46
9 VfL Wolfsburg 29 +3 45
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 30 -19 37
11 Mainz 30 -14 36
12 Hertha Berlin 29 -7 35
13 SC Freiburg 29 -11 32
14 FC Augsburg 30 -9 31
15 Schalke 04 30 -20 27
16 VfB Stuttgart 30 -40 21
17 Nurnberg 30 -32 18
18 Hannover 96 29 -41 14