VfL Wolfsburg successfully completed their first test match in preparation for the 2018/2019 season. Against the Veltins-Selection, comprised of amateur players from in and around the region of Wolfsburg, the Wolves earned an 8-1 (2-1) victory. At the end of an energy-sapping week of training, VfL coach Bruno Labbadia’s men initially struggled in the 'Gifhorner Flugmulde'. The VfL goals were scored by Ignacio Camacho (4'), Renato Steffen (42'), Paul-Georges Ntep (52'), Maximilian Arnold (65', 90'), Daniel Ginczek (74', 75') and Yunus Malli from the penalty-spot (89'). The Veltins-Selection celebrated a goal scored by Michel Haberecht (4').
In Pavao Pervan and Wout Weghorst, there were two new-signings in the Wolves starting eleven, with new striker Ginczek joining the action in the second-half. This coming Tuesday, July 10th (kick-off 17:30 CEST), the Green-Whites play their next friendly, against KSV Baunatal, before facing Lupo Martini on Friday, July 13th (kick-off 18:00 CEST).
"Good finish to the week"
VfL head coach Bruno Labbadia: "It was again clear to see how difficult it is playing against defensively minded teams. It was good for us to see how we conduct ourselves in our positions. The team were very comfortable in the 4-3-3 system. We need to become more flexible over the coming weeks. The team put together some good moves. It was a good finish to the week for us, having undertaken some very intensive training sessions. Above all, today it was important to face guys from the region. The setting for our first test match was perfect.
VfL Wolfsburg – 1st half: Pervan – Jaeckel (31' Seguin), Knoche, Brooks, Itter – Camacho – Bazoer, Gerhardt – Steffen, Mehmedi – Weghorst
VfL Wolfsburg – 2nd half: Menzel – Seguin (60' Conde), Bruma, Uduokhai, Rexhbecaj (75' Franke) – Guilavogui – Malli, Arnold – Ntep, Brekalo – Ginczek
Goals: 1-0 Haberecht (4'), 1-1 Camacho (14'), 1-2 Steffen (42'), 1-3 Ntep (52'), 1-4 Arnold (65'), 1-5 Ginczek (74'), 1-6 Ginczek (75'), 1-7 Malli (89', pen.), 1-8 Arnold (90')
Attendance: 1,500 on Saturday afternoon in the 'Flugmulde Gifhorn'