1. FSV Mainz 05's five-game winning streak came to an end as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to VfB Stuttgart.
Mainz created the first chance of the game with just two minutes played, Danny Latza forcing a good save from Stuttgart keeper Przemyslaw Tyton. The opportunity would prove to be one of the most exciting moments of the opening 30 minutes, as both teams struggled to create significant chances. With half an hour played, the game suddenly picked up. Timo Werner found the net, but saw his effort ruled out for offside, while minutes later, Lukas Rupp's crisp strike struck the upright.
With Stuttgart upping the pressure, Mainz also burst back into life, Daniel Brosinski forcing a strong save from Tyton with a fizzing shot from 20 metres. After an exciting end to the first half, though, the game simmered down again in the second. There were no more notable chances until the 58th minute, when Yoshinori Muto found space in the box only to fire the ball straight at Tyton.
As the second half wore on, Mainz began to take control of the game, with Muto in particular finding ever more space. Tyton's excellent positioning took the sting out of several Mainz attacks, and the Polish goalkeeper pulled off a fine save when the ball fell to Pablo De Blasis in the 78th minute. It was to be the last big chance of the game, as Stuttgart held on to get their second draw in as many games.
Man of the match
Przemyslaw Tyton may not have been forced into many extravagant saves, but he read the game flawlessly, stifling several Mainz attacks. His reflex save to deny De Blasis was a highlight of the match.
On his return to his former club, Jürgen Kramny showed just how much he has done to improve Stuttgart's defence since taking over last month.
- The draw ended Mainz's five-game winning run.
- Stuttgart had 11 shots on goal to Mainz's six
Mainz: Karius – Bengtsson, Bell, Bungert, Brosinski – Latza, Baumgartlinger (c) – Jairo (Clemens 85'), Malli, De Blasis – Muto (Cordoba 81')
Stuttgart: Tyton – Insua, Niedermeier, Sunjic, Schwaab – Serey Die (Kruse 45'), Gentner (c) – Kostic (Hlousek 81'), Maxim (Taschchy 90'), Rupp - Werner