A goal in either half was enough for Mainz 05 to comfortably see off 10-man VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 at the Coface Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Mainz 05 2 VfL Wolfsburg 0
Draxler sent off early on
De Blasis opens scoring
Malli adds a second
Mainz hold on for win
Wolfsburg found themselves chasing the game early on when Julian Draxler was sent off for a shocking tackle on 13 minutes and some sloppy defending saw Pablo De Blasis stroke home the opener shortly afterwards.
Mainz enjoyed much of the possession throughout the game and found themselves two goals up on 75 minutes when Yunus Malli finished well on the turn from inside the box.
Mainz rarely looked like conceding as the game drew to a close and were happy to maintain possession and hang on for a well deserved victory.
Wolfsburg looked the more dangerous of the two teams after kick-off, but were unable to turn their early pressure into any noteworthy chances as Mainz comfortably kept the visitors out with some solid defending.
After quelling that early pressure, a lapse from the hosts' defence allowed Christian Trasch far too much room on the edge of the area but his effort was inches too high and whistled just over the bar.
With the Wolves enjoying much of the early possession the match was then turned on it's head when Julain Draxler was shown a red card for a high tackle on Gonzalo Jara.
It didn't take long for the hosts to impose themselves following the sending off and they capitalised on the man advantage when Benaglio failed to hold a shot from distance and Pablo De Blasis was on hand to tap home the opener.
They nearly doubled their lead shortly before half-time when a Danny Latza went for goal directly from the free-kick but Benaglio did well this time to tip it over the bar.
Following the interval, and Mainz continued to look dangerous going forward but Malli could not double their advantage after doing well to create some space in the box, dragging his effort narrowly wide.
Wolfsburg came back into the game as the half wore on, despite being a man short but were found wanting at the back when Malli turned his marker expertly before firing an excellent finish past Benaglio to double his side's advantage.
The hosts looked content to pass the ball about and run the clock down, seeing out the rest of the game with little incident as cantered to a comfortable win.