VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach played out a goalless draw on Sunday evening, with both teams cancelling each other out. Despite the frosty temperatures, neither side gave anything away in defence. The result means that VfL slip down a place in the table at the expense of Eintracht Frankfurt, who have a marginally better goal difference. The Wolves’ next match is this coming Friday, 19 February, when they travel to Armina Bielefeld.
No changes to starting line-up
After going six matches unbeaten, head coach Oliver Glasner saw no reason to change his starting XI at the Volkswagen Arena. The Wolves looked to set the tone right from the first whistle and it took a good reflex save by Yann Sommer from compatriot Kevin Mbabu to prevent the Green-and-Whites getting off to a dream start.
Ridle Baku (9’) and Yannick Gerhardt (16’) were next to test Gladbach’s defensive solidity, but neither player managed to find the target. The visitors began to grow into the game without creating any real danger where it mattered, while Glasner’s troops remained solid at the back.
Xaver Schlager (28’) had a shot parried at the other end, while Alassane Plea (35’) and Valentino Lazaro (42’) both had their efforts blocked as the teams went into half-time on level terms.
Wolves ramp up pressure
Both sides emerged unchanged for the second half and this time it was the visitors who hit their straps more quickly. As has been the case over recent weeks, however, the Wolves’ defence stepped up to the plate, and it did not take long for VfL to start creating chances of their own. A Maximilian Arnold corner set up Renato Steffen on the edge of the area (54’), before Maxence Lacroix sent Schlager clear but the Austrian failed to get the better of Sommer (55’).
The home side piled on the pressure as the second half wore on, with John Brooks (63’) hitting the woodwork and Wout Weghorst (66’) and Mbabu (73’) going close with headers. The Green-and-Whites thought they had grabbed all three points in the last minute, but Schlager’s shot only found the side netting.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio – Schlager, Arnold, Baku, Gerhardt, Steffen (80’ Victor) – Weghorst
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer – Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Neuhaus, Kramer, Hofmann (80‘ Embolo), Stindl, Lazaro (70’ Wolf)- Plea
Yellow cards: Brooks / Bensebaini, Plea, Embolo
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)