The Wolves won 3-1 after extra time in their cup match at Preußen Münster.
VfL Wolfsburg saw off Preußen Münster after extra time in the first round of the DFB Cup. Having trailed 1-0, the Green-and-Whites avoided an early cup exit and eventually came through 3-1 against the fourth-tier outfit.
In a hard-fought contest, the Wolves tried to gain control against the spirited hosts by dominating possession, but head coach Mark van Bommel endured a nervy first competitive match in charge until Josip Brekalo equalised in the 90th minute. Wout Weghorst (103’) and Ridle Baku (120’) scored the goals in extra time to send the Champions League participants through. They begin their 2021/22 Bundesliga campaign this Saturday, 14 August, at home to VfL Bochum.
1-0 Hoffmeier (74th minute): Nightmare. Substitute Joshua Holtby delivers a corner from the left, which VfL fail to clear, allowing Marcel Hoffmeier to force through and head the ball over the line from five metres, with Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels unable to keep it out.
1-1 Brekalo (90’): Last-second equaliser! The regional league side leave too much space at the back and the Wolves punish them with a textbook counter-attack. Kevin Mbabu bursts forward down the right and sends the ball into the penalty area, where Brekalo is completely free in the centre and coolly dispatches a volley to make it 1-1.
1-2 Weghorst (102’): VfL finally get their noses in front. Just before the corner, van Bommel brings on Sebastiaan Bornauw and the new signing flicks on Maximilian Arnold’s set piece for Weghorst to nod it in from only a couple of metres.
1-3 Baku (120’): Game over. Brekalo’s pass finds Yannick Gerhardt on the left-hand side and he plays it low into the middle from the byline. Baku is waiting at the far post and the European U21 champion just needs to get a foot on it to score the final goal.
Mark van Bommel: “First of all, we’re happy that we got to play in front of a crowd again and those emotions were back on the pitch. If we just analyse the match, at the beginning Preußen Münster had the feeling that something could happen here. Saying that, we created a few chances and then conceded the goal from a corner. In the end we managed to take it to extra time, in which Preußen Münster should’ve actually gone 2-1 up. Koen made a brilliant save and then we scored two more goals.”
Sascha Hildmann: “We produced a great performance. We knew how difficult a task it would be and so I can only take my hat off to the lads, who brought a lot of passion and fight onto the pitch. They kept being brave as well as trying to play football. We were a constant threat and wanted to hold onto the scoreline. Unfortunately we were just a few minutes short and Wolfsburg got the equaliser. Nevertheless, it was a great game from us up to that point. We didn’t take our chances in extra time and the visitors’ footballing quality from back to front was better.”