After Paderborn took the lead early on through Cauly Oliveira Souza, the Wolves struggled to convert their possession into chances against the well-organised visitors. Josip Brekalo drew VfL level in the 56th minute and both sides had chances to snatch the three points late on, but in the end it was a deserved draw. The Wolves return to Bundesliga action after the international break with a trip to Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday 13 September.
First start for Brekalo
Head coach Oliver Glasner’s starting line-up showed one change from last Sunday’s 3-0 win at Hertha BSC. Brekalo, who scored one goal and set up another after coming off the bench in Berlin, was rewarded with his first start of the season, replacing Felix Klaus in attack.
On a hot, sunny afternoon in Lower Saxony, the Green-Whites started brightly and created the first opportunity in just the fourth minute, when Joao Victor’s shot from a tight angle was blocked by the feet of Paderborn goalkeeper Jannik Huth. Moments later, though, they were dealt a big blow when Xaver Schlager injured himself while trying to get on the end of Brekalo’s cross and had to be stretchered off. Worse was to come, as just seconds later the visitors took the lead out of nothing. A quick throw-in caught the Wolves off guard and the ball came through to Cauly, who struck it into the bottom left corner of the net from just inside the penalty area.
The Wolves struggled to recover from that double setback and despite having most of the possession, they failed to create any clear chances against the robust visitors, who were happy to sit on their lead.
Brekalo levels it up
Paderborn continued to keep Glasner’s men at bay after half-time until the 56th minute. Seconds after coming on, Admir Mehmedi crossed the ball towards Wout Weghorst and the Dutchman laid the ball off for Brekalo, who fired a brilliant shot past Huth to draw the Wolves level. That goal opened up the contest as the Green-Whites went in search of a winner, but it was the visitors who created the better chances on the counter, with Koen Casteels called into action twice to deny Sven Michel.
At the other end, the Wolves had several corners and blocked shots but their best chance came deep into injury time. The ball dropped to Klaus following a cross into the box but his shot from close range was blocked on the line by Mohamed Dräger, and that was the last action of the game.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Knoche, Guilavogui, Brooks – William, Arnold, Schlager (Gerhardt 11'), Roussillon – Joao Victor (Mehmedi 56’), Weghorst, Brekalo (Klaus 87’)
SC Paderborn 07: Huth – Dräger, Hünemeier, Strohdiek, Collins – Cauly (Holtmann 60’), Vasiliadis, Gjasula, Antwi-Adjej – Michel (Zolinski 86’), Mamba (Sabiri 66’)
Goals: 0-1 Cauly (12’), 1-1 Brekalo (56’)
Yellow cards: - / Hünemeier, Holtmann, Gjasula
Referee: Daniel Schlager (Hügelsheim)