VfL Wolfsburg Speiler Renato Steffen im Zweikampf mit einem Gegner von KAA Gent.
07.11.2019
First Team

Tale of two halves as Wolves suffer home defeat

VfL Wolfsburg fell to a first UEFA Europa League loss of the season against KAA Gent on Thursday, despite having led 1-0 at half-time.

VfL Wolfsburg Speiler Renato Steffen im Zweikampf mit einem Gegner von KAA Gent.

An opportunistic strike from Joao Victor was cancelled out in the second period by three goals by KAA Gent, whose counter-attacking performance saw them clinch a 3-1 victory and take all three points at the Volkswagen Arena.

Three adjustments

VfL head coach Oliver Glasner made three changes to the team that lost 3-0 in Dortmund, bringing in Robin Knoche for John Brooks, and Renato Steffen and Josip Brekalo for Jerome Roussillon and Lukas Nmecha, who both dropped to the bench. Felix Klaus, who made a 25-minute cameo appearance at the weekend, was also named among the substitutes.

Victor breaks deadlock

The Wolves attacked from the outset, and created a glorious opportunity for Brekalo after just five minutes, but the Croatian could not keep his powerful shot under the bar. Subsequently, the home side – with Maximillian Arnold and Brekalo looking particularly determined – took control of the match, dominating possession and fashioning half-chances for Josuha Guilavogui and Joao Victor. The Brazilian did not have long to wait to get on the scoreboard, however, as he pounced on Arnold’s brave knock-down in the box to slam the ball into the net after 20 minutes.
The Belgian visitors, who currently sit third in their national standings, attempted to find a way back into the match, but the home rearguard were in a miserly mood in the first half, restricting their opponents to just a couple of long-range efforts. 

Triple blow    

The fans had barely retaken their seats when Gent conjured up an equaliser out of nothing, Roman Yaremchuk striking a powerful volley past Pavao Pervan. VfL’s heads did not go down, however, and they went on the hunt for a second goal, which first Wout Weghorst and then Victor came close to providing. 
But a second sucker-punch was to come: from a corner on the left, Laurent Depoitre met the ball with a firm right-footed volley to give his team an unexpected lead. Glasner threw on Yunus Malli and Nmecha to add some guile and pace to the Green-and-Whites’ attack, but they were undone at the back for a third time when Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui rose to glance a header past Pervan in the 76th minute, effectively sealing the victory for the visitors. 

VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan – Knoche (Klaus 81’), Tisserand, Bruma – William, Guilavogui (c), Arnold (Nmecha 70’), Steffen – Brekalo (Malli 66’), Weghorst, Victor

KAA Gent: Kaminski – Lustig, Plastun, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Asare – Owusu, Kums, David, Odjidja-Ofoe (c) – Depoitre (Kvilitaia 90’), Yaremchuk (Castro-Montes 81’)

Goals: Victor (20’), Yaremchuk (50’), Depoitre (65’), Ngadeu-Ngadjui (76’)

Yellow cards: Steffen, Arnold, Knoche / Asare, Plastun

Attendance: 11,620

Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)

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