Josip Brekalo had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, before Maximilian Arnold was thwarted by Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz in the second. VfL are next in action on Saturday 17 October (20:30 CEST), when they travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach in their first match after the upcoming international break.
Casteels back in goal
Oliver Glasner made two changes to the side that lost to AEK Athens in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League play-off. Koen Casteels was preferred to Pavao Pervan in goal, while John Brooks took Renato Steffen’s place in the starting line-up. The US international partnered Maxence Lacroix in central defence, with Josuha Guilavogui pushing up into central midfield.
First half: Brekalo strike chalked off
Eager to make amends for missing out on the Europa League group stage, the Wolves made a fast start and fashioned the game’s first clear-cut opportunity after just six minutes, Wout Weghorst firing straight at Gikiewicz from Paulo Otavio’s low cross. However, the hosts were fortunate not to fall behind when Florian Niederlechner fired wide from a tight angle after taking the ball around Casteels.
Glasner’s charges continued to enjoy the lion’s share of the chances, though. Xaver Schlager had a goal-bound shot blocked by Iago after 25 minutes, before Brekalo’s low effort into the bottom corner was ruled out by the video assistant referee for an offside in the build-up. Arnold went close to breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, but his low free-kick trickled wide of the post.
No way past Gikiewicz
André Hahn nearly capitalised on an undercooked back-pass by Guilavogui five minutes into the second half, but Casteels was alert to the danger and beat the Augsburg frontman to the ball. Arnold looked to have given VfL the lead moments later when he latched onto Jerome Roussillon’s low cross, only for Gikiewicz to tip the ball around the post with a magnificent one-handed save.
Gikiewicz was equal to Brekalo’s low shot as the Wolves continued to lay siege to the Augsburg goal, with second-half substitute Yannick Gerhardt scuffing another effort narrowly wide from a similar position. Augsburg could have claimed all three points in the closing stages when Alfred Finnbogason was played clean through, but Casteels stuck out a left leg to preserve VfL’s unbeaten league start.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels - Roussillon (Baku 72’), Lacroix, Brooks, Paulo Otavio - Guilavogui, Arnold - Mehmedi (Ginczek 72’), Schlager (Gerhardt 63’), Brekalo - Weghorst
FC Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Iago - Khedira (Strobl 72’), Gruezo (Oxford 90’) - Hahn (Vargas 57’), Caligiuri, Gregoritsch (Jensen 57’) - Niederlechner (Finnbogason 57’)
Yellow cards: - / Gouweleeuw
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin)