VfL began the second period comfortably enough and even had a couple of half-chances to extend their lead, Mehmedi testing Tsintotas from long range and Josip Brekalo’s shot being deflected agonisingly wide. Having threatened little, the hosts then drew level in the 64th minute through an impressive long-range strike from Simoes, which gave Pervan no chance.
The equaliser lifted AEK and they could have gone in front in the 83rd minute when a long ball found Yevhen Shakhov free with only Pervan to beat, but he couldn’t wrap his foot around the volley. At the other end, Arnold’s long-distance free-kick was pushed behind by Tsintotas. With the match heading for extra time, AEK snatched a winner on the counter as substitute Ansarifard got the better of Lacroix before rolling the ball past Pervan.
AEK Athens: Tsintotas - Vassilantonopoulos, Svarnas, Chygrynskyy, Insua - Krsticic, Shakhov, André Simoes - L. Garcia (Macheras 82’), Nelson Oliveira (Ansarifard 87’), Mantalos (Livaja 63’)
VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan - Roussillon, Lacroix, Guilavogui, Otavio - Schlager (Gerhardt 61’), Arnold - Steffen, Mehmedi, Brekalo (Bialek 79’) - Weghorst
Goals: Mehmedi 0-1 (45+1’), André Simoes 1-1 (64’), Ansarifard 2-1 (90+4’)
Yellow cards: Insua, André Simoes, Livaja / Schlager, Lacroix, Glasner
Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal)