Wolfsburg remain unbeaten under coach Martin Schmidt with the tactician overseeing his third draw at the helm of the Lower Saxony side, his former outfit Mainz fighting back to deny the hosts - who finished with ten men - maximum points this time.
Sent off: Paul-Georges Ntep (90+2')
Mainz had failed to win any of their last eight games on the road yet the visitors to Lower Saxony looked determined to end that run, dominating in the game’s early stages at the Volkswagen Arena. The lively Yoshinori Muto spurned the half’s best opportunity when Koen Casteels denied Japanese international, who had previously netted twice in the Bundesliga this season. The hosts eventually came to life midway through the half but failed to find a breakthrough, despite the best efforts of Jakub Blaszczykowski.
The game burst into life after the break, with Wolfsburg - in search of a first win in five home games - hitting the front ten minutes after the restart, Joshua Guilavogui heading in Daniel Didavi’s corner. Undeterred, Mainz rallied and were level with just over a quarter of an hour remaining thanks to Muto’s unstoppable header from a Levin Öztunali centre. Both sides pressed for a late winner thereafter, but neither could find a way through, with the Wolves losing substitute Ntep to a second yellow card at the death.
- Of Muto's last eight goals, four have been headers.
- Guilavogui's goal was his first for Wolfsburg since April 2016 and his first at home since November the previous year.
- Schmidt coached Mainz until May 2017, with only Thomas Tuchel boasting a better record as Mainz coach.
- Wolfsburg are winless in their last six home games stretching back to last season, while Mainz have won none of their last nine on the road.
- Mainz were unbeaten in five games against Wolfsburg under previous coach Schmidt.
Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh (c), Tisserand, Uduokhai, Itter – Blaszczykowski, Guilavogi (Bazoer 80'), Camacho, Didavi (Ntep 79'), Malli - Origi (Osimhen 84')
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Mainz: Adler – Gbamin, Bell (c), Diallo – Donati, Latza, Frei (Maxim 58'), Brosinski – de Blasis (Fischer 68'), Öztunali (Onisiwo 84') – Muto
Coach: Sandro Schwarz