Steffen heads home
The Green-and-Whites were given a let-off in just the second minute when goalkeeper Koen Casteels misjudged a ball after racing off his line, but Becker somehow managed to send his effort wide of the gaping goal.
Yannick Gerhardt’s header from Arnold’s delivery was cleared for a corner by Union custodian Andreas Luthe not long afterwards, but Arnold’s resulting corner was headed home by Steffen to open the scoring. However, a misplaced VfL pass just under 20 minutes later allowed Marcus Ingvartsen to pick out Becker inside the penalty area, and the winger made no mistake to restore parity.
Arnold sees red
The visitors suffered a setback at the beginning of the second half when Arnold was ruled to have felled Taiwo Awoniyi right on the edge of the area, denying the Liverpool loanee a clear goalscoring opportunity. The penalty award was changed to a free-kick following a review by the video assistant referee, but Arnold was given his marching orders for the foul on Awoniyi. To make matters worse, Andrich managed to beat Casteels from the resulting free-kick to make it 2-1 for the hosts.
The odds were stacked against VfL at that stage, but the visitors refused to give up and when Brekalo’s shot took a deflection off Ingvartsen’s hand, referee Patrick Ittrich eventually pointed to the spot after reviewing the incident on his pitch-side monitor. Weghorst stepped up and sent a well-placed effort past Luthe to make it 2-2, and the Wolves saw out the closing stages to claim a draw.
Union Berlin: Luthe – Friedrich, Knoche, Hübner – Trimmel, Andrich, Lenz, Griesbeck (87‘ Ryerson), Ingvartsen (87‘ Gogia) – Becker (Bülter), Awoniyi (77‘ Teuchert)
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Baku (90‘ William), Pongracic (46‘ Guilavogui), Brooks, Otavio – Schlager, Arnold, Gerhardt, Brekalo (66‘ Mbabu), Steffen – Weghorst
Goals: 0-1 Steffen (10‘), 1-1 Becker (29‘), 2-1 Andrich (52‘), 2-2 Weghorst (66‘/ pen.)
Yellow cards: Ingvartsen, Hübner, Knoche / Weghorst
Red card: Arnold (50’)
Referee: Patrick Ittrich (Hamburg)