The Green-and-Whites remain unbeaten this season, but despite putting in a fine display in the prime-time match away to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, especially in the second half, had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw.
Oliver Glasner made one change to the side that drew with FC Augsburg before the international break, handing a first start to new signing Ridle Baku, who came in for the sidelined Paulo Otavio. Josip Brekalo, Admir Mehmedi and Xaver Schlager, who all travelled with their national squads last week, were also included in the line-up. Renato Steffen and recent loan signing Maximilian Philipp both occupied a spot on the bench.
Back and forth
The Wolves had the best of the early exchanges, although clear-cut chances were few and far between. Brekalo, the only VfL player – until today – to find the net in the Bundesliga this season, had a shot blocked and Weghorst glanced a header over the bar, before Gladbach almost opened the scoring, Florian Neuhaus striking the base of the post with a glancing header. The Foals then enjoyed a period of domination and created viable opportunities for Breel Embelo and Jonas Hoffman, but the Wolves’ defence – with Maxence Lacroix in commanding form – held firm.
VfL also began the second period strongly, as Brekalo, who looked lively throughout the match, tested Yann Sommer from just outside the box. In the 56th minute, it was Mehmedi’s turn to be denied by the Gladbach goalkeeper, who saved well from close range. A few minutes later, Sommer was again called into action, parrying Maximilian Arnold’s powerful effort, from which Baku fired the rebound wide of the right-hand post.
The Wolves were in the ascendency, but they were hit by a sucker-punch a quarter of an hour from time, when referee Daniel Schlager awarded Borussia a penalty after Koen Casteels had fouled Marcus Thuram in the box. Subsequently, Hofmann converted the spot-kick to give his side the lead.
All seemed lost for VfL, who had dominated the second half, but five minutes from time, Weghorst found himself in the right place at the right time to steer home his first goal of the season and earn a merited point for the visitors.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels - Roussillon, Lacroix, Brooks, Baku - Guilavogui(c), Arnold, Mehmedi (Steffen 78’), Schlager (Gerhardt 46’), Brekalo (Philipp 89’) - Weghorst
Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer - Lainer (Jantschke 76’), Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt (Bensebaini 76’) - Kramer, Neuhaus, Hofmann, Stindl (c) (Wolf 70’), Thuram (Traore 86’) - Embolo (Herrmann 70’)
Goals: Hofmann (pen. 23’), Weghorst (85’)
Yellow cards: Schlager, Guilavogui / Neuhaus, Herrmann
Referee: Daniel Schlager (Hugelsheim)