Despite producing a good performance in their sixth and final pre-season friendly, VfL Wolfsburg slipped to an unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening. In front of 1,750 spectators at a sold-out AOK Stadion, the Wolves impressed for large parts against the Spanish champions and deservedly took the lead through Wout Weghorst in the 39th minute. However, Atleti fought back in the second half through Borja Garces (69’) and Ricard Sanchez (85’) and were perhaps fortunate to emerge victorious in a free-flowing and hard-fought friendly.
In spite of the result, the Green-and-Whites looked in fine shape and appear well prepared for their DFB Cup first-round tie at Preußen Münster in eight days’ time. The game was overshadowed by an injury to Paulo Otavio, who was forced off in the 13th minute following a robust challenge.
“The details prove decisive”
Mark van Bommel: “If you only focus on the result you have to say it wasn’t good, but we had the chance to go 2-0 up or even make it 2-1 later in the game to clinch the win. Then we concede a second goal from a set-piece and end up losing. It’s the details that prove decisive in a game of football. Even though you can lose against an opponent of Atletico Madrid’s calibre, we obviously want to win every game. But if given the choice, I’d rather lose today than next week.”
VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan – Baku, Lacroix (46’ Bornauw), Brooks, Otavio (13’ Mbabu) – Guilavogui (46’ Schlager), Gerhardt – Steffen (76’ Joao Victor), Philipp (76‘ Mehmedi), L. Nmecha (46‘ Marmoush) – Weghorst (61’ Ginczek)
Atletico Madrid: Oblak (70’ Grbic) – Riquelme (46’ Sanchez), Vrsaljko (46’ Valera/90’ Medrano), Gonzalez, Montero, Niguez (70’ Arias) – Serrano (70’ Martin), Kondogbia (61‘ Garces), Lemar (46’ Camus) – Camello (61‘ Moreno), G. Simeone (70‘ Guerrero)
Goals: 1-0 Weghorst (39‘), 1-1 Garces (69‘), 1-2 Sanchez (85‘)
Yellow cards: Mbabu / G. Simeone, Arias, SanchezReferee: Harm Osmers (Hannover)
Attendance: 1,750 at AOK Stadion (sold out)
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