In their last home game of the first half of the season, the Wolves drew 2-2 with RB Leipzig in an exciting Bundesliga clash. VfL, playing their 50th game under head coach Oliver Glasner, responded well after the visitors took the lead early on through Nordi Mukiele (4’), with goals from Wout Weghorst (22’) and Renato Steffen (35’) turning the game around before half-time. Willi Orban’s equaliser in the 54th minute ensured it finished 2-2.
Arnold serves suspension
Glasner brought in three fresh faces to the starting line-up compared to last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Union Berlin. Maxence Lacroix and Josuha Guilavogui replaced Marin Pongracic (not in squad) and Maximilian Arnold (suspended). Kevin Mbabu also came in at right-back, with Ridle Baku moving into attack and displacing Josip Brekalo.
Red Bulls make fast start
There were just four minutes on the clock when the Wolves suddenly found themselves outnumbered. Amadou Haidara set Emil Forsberg off down the left wing and the Swede found the completely unmarked Mukiele, who had the easy task of sticking in the opening goal for RB from close range.
Gerhardt initiates comeback
VfL struck back with a great attack, though. Yannick Gerhardt delivered a lovely cross from the left into the middle, where Weghorst equalised with a diving header in his 100th appearance for the club. The Wolves were in the ascendancy after that and Steffen was rewarded for his endeavour with the goal to make it 2-1. The Switzerland international’s shot was deflected by Orban and left goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi with no chance, giving VfL a deserved lead at the break.
Orban pounces on mistake
With Christopher Nkunku on for Forsberg up front, the visitors set about restoring parity and they did so in the 54th minute, when Orban took advantage of a mix-up in the Wolves defence and fired in the equaliser from close range. The visitors then had opportunities through Dani Olmo in the 67th and 69th minute, but Koen Casteels and Guilavogui prevented further goals. VfL had the chance to snatch a winner in the closing stages, but Weghorst couldn’t quite connect with Gerhardt’s pass, and so it finished 2-2 after an intriguing and lively contest at the Volkswagen Arena.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio – Guilavogui, Schlager, Gerhardt, Baku (69’ Brekalo), Steffen (85’, Philipp) – Weghorst
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Mukiele (66’ Klostermann), Sabitzer, Kampl (78‘ Kluivert), Haidara, Olmo, Angelino – Forsberg (46‘ Nkunku)
Goals: 0-1 Mukiele (4‘), 1-1 Weghorst (22‘), 2-1 Steffen (35‘), 2-2 Orban (54‘)
Yellow cards: Otavio, Mbabu, Weghorst, Lacroix / Mukiele, Kampl, Angelino
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)