For a long time, VfL Wolfsburg looked like the winners in their UEFA Europa League encounter at KAA Gent. Goals from Wout Weghorst in the third minute and Joao Victor in the 24th had put the Wolves well on their way to an away victory, but Roman Yaremchuk’s strike shortly before half-time brought the Belgian side back in the game, before the same player netted the equaliser in stoppage time.
His controversial leveller means it remains tight in Group I, with both teams tied on five points at the top of the table. The return fixture takes place in two weeks’ time at the Volkswagen Arena (Thursday 7 November, 21:00 CET).
Oliver Glasner: “We’re obviously disappointed straight after the final whistle because of the late goal, although it had been coming in the final 15 to 20 minutes. We couldn’t free ourselves and get up the pitch. In contrast, I was very pleased with the first 35 minutes. We played well going forward and kept things tight. Then mistakes started to creep in and Gent got some belief back after their first goal. They attacked more with pace in the second half. In the end we’re disappointed that we didn’t win the game because it was there for the taking. We’ll take the point back with a bit of regret that we didn’t win.”
Jess Thorup: “It’s an important point for us. The result also shows us that we always have the chance to come back and keep going – even against a strong team from the Bundesliga. Of course, the goal just before the break helped us to believe and not give up, so the draw feels almost like a win.”