Gomez’s goal-drought continues with Wolfsburg


Berlin (AFP) – Mario Gomez’s goal-drought continued on Sunday as the Germany striker again failed to hit the net in Wolfsburg’s goalless Bundesliga draw with Mainz.

The 31-year-old, who has netted 29 goals in 68 internationals for Germany, joined Wolfsburg from Fiorentina in August for seven million euros ($7.8m) to much fanfare, saying he wanted to help his new club return to the Champions League.

But Gomez has so far failed to score in 450 minutes of Bundesliga action and endured another frustrating afternoon at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena against Mainz.

The best of his four chances came in the 67th minute when the ball flew agonisingly past his out-stretched boot with the goal at his mercy, after Julian Draxler’s cross was palmed away by Mainz goalkeeper Jonas Loessl.

Wolfsburg have just one win in six league games this season.

Home fans started chanting: “We want to see you fight” around 20 minutes before the final whistle.

“Every passing minute without a goal just makes me more stressed,” Gomez admitted to German daily Bild before the game.

He has now failed to score in five matches.

“At some point, the ball will have to go in,” he added.

“But it makes me more stressed and more hectic in front of goal, I can feel it.

“I am confident that it is only a matter of time, but I’m sorry for the team: goals from me would make things easier.”

The draw with Mainz leaves Wolfsburg, who reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, 13th in the table while Mainz are 11th.

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