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German Bundesliga

(ATT 27,103) 24th August 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: T Kinhofer

Mainz Mainz vs Wolfsburg Wolfsburg

Mainz 2

M Choupo-Moting (60)
N Muller (78)


Wolfsburg 0

Luiz Gustavo (S/O 64)

Mainz maintain perfect start

Last Updated: 24/08/13 5:53pm

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Christian Traesch battles with Shinji Okazaki

Christian Traesch battles with Shinji Okazaki

Mainz maintained their perfect start to the Bundesliga season with a 2-0 win over 10-man Wolfsburg at the Coface Arena.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Nicolai Muller scored as Thomas Tuchel's men made it three wins out of three to join Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the table.

To make matters worse for Wolfsburg, they had new signing Luiz Gustavo sent off as they lost their second game of the season.

Mainz appeared happy to sit back and let Wolfsburg tire themselves out in the first half, rarely touching the ball but at the same time keeping their opponents at a safe distance from their goal.

On the break, Mainz had the first big chance of the game, but Shinji Okazaki lost his nerve with only Diego Benaglio to beat and sent in a tame shot.

A goal-line clearance from Nikolce Noveski prevented Vieirinha from giving Wolfsburg the lead in the 28th minute before Diego missed the target for the guests.

Mainz changed their tactics in the second half and started to attack more often, although it was Ja-Cheol Koo who went close to opening the scoring early on with Heinz Muller making a fine one-handed save.

Mainz took the lead after an hour's play when Choupo-Moting converted from a corner.

The Wolves were reduced to 10 men when Gustavo picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Muller, who then netted Mainz's second and his fourth of the season.

He had no problem beating Benaglio after being put through by Johannes Geis and Mainz held on for their third consecutive win of the season.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 76
2 Wolfsburg 31 62
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 60
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 58
5 Schalke 31 45
6 FC Augsburg 31 43
7 Werder Bremen 31 42
8 Hoffenheim 31 41
9 Borussia Dortmund 31 40
10 Mainz 31 37
11 Cologne 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 36
13 Hertha Berlin 31 34
14 Hamburg 31 31
15 SC Paderborn 07 31 31
16 SC Freiburg 31 30
17 Hannover 96 31 30
18 Stuttgart 31 27