Die Wölfe jubeln gemeinsam über ihr Tor gegen Union Berlin.
09.01.2021
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Ten-man VfL earn point

The Wolves drew 2-2 at Union Berlin on Sunday.

Die Wölfe jubeln gemeinsam über ihr Tor gegen Union Berlin.

VfL Wolfsburg showed great character in the capital on Sunday to earn a 2-2 draw in a hard-fought game against Union Berlin. Renato Steffen gave the Wolves a tenth-minute lead from a corner, but Sheraldo Becker equalised just before the half-hour mark. The hosts took the lead out of nothing not long into the second half, Robert Andrich netting from a free-kick after Maximilian Arnold had been dismissed for a professional foul. 

However, the Green-and-Whites earned themselves a point when Wout Weghorst converted from the penalty spot following a handball inside the area. After back-to-back away games, the Wolves are back in action at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday 16 January (15:30 CET), when they host RB Leipzig.

Bundesliga century for Brekalo

VfL head coach Oliver Glasner kept faith with the team that started last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, meaning Josip Brekalo was handed his 100th Bundesliga appearance at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Das Kopfballtor von Renato Steffen zum 1:0 gegen Union Berlin.

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)

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