It all started so well for Oliver Glasner’s side, who raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Wout Weghorst and Joao Victor. However, Roman Yaremchuk got the home side back into the game before half-time and then scored the equaliser in stoppage time. The two sides meet again in a fortnight, but up next for the Wolves is a home match against FC Augsburg on Sunday (kick-off 15:30 CET).
Glasner made two changes from the team that started the 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig last Saturday. Robin Knoche returned in the centre of defence in place of Kevin Mbabu, while Renato Steffen was preferred to Jerome Roussillon on the left flank.
The Wolves made the perfect start at the Ghelamco Arena, taking the lead after just three minutes. Maximilian Arnold played a sublime reverse pass into the path of Marcel Tisserand, whose low cross to the back post left Weghorst the simple task of tapping it in. The Dutchman then tested Thomas Kaminski from the edge of the area but the Gent goalkeeper was equal to it.
The confident visitors were carving the home side open at every opportunity and doubled their lead on 24 minutes. Arnold again started it, winning the ball in midfield and supplying Joao Victor, who beat his man before drilling in his first goal for the club. The Brazilian had a good chance to grab another one soon after, but he fired over from Steffen’s cross. With the contest becoming somewhat frenetic and bad-tempered, Gent pulled a goal back out of nothing when Yaremchuk beat Pavao Pervan with a fine long-range shot shortly before half-time.
The pressure from the hosts increased in the second half although the Wolves generally restricted them to half-chances, with Yaremchuk heading wide from close range and Jonathan David stinging Pervan’s hands with an effort from distance. Having soaked up that pressure, Glasner’s men created a couple of opportunities of their own. Arnold’s 69th-minute corner caused a goalmouth scramble, from which Jeffrey Bruma’s shot was blocked by Kaminski, before substitute Lukas Nmecha’s first-time effort was saved at the near post.
There was a heart-in-mouths moment in the 77th minute when substitute Giorgi Kvilitaia’s glancing header bounced inches wide of the upright. As the clock ran down, it looked like VfL were going to hold onto the three points but Yaremchuk’s second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time – which stood despite claims of a high foot – meant they left with just one.
KAA Gent: Kaminski - Lustig, Plastun, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Asare – Kums (Dompe 87’), Owusu (Bezus 60’), Odjidja-Ofoe, David - Yaremchuk, Depoitre (Kvilitaia 73’)
VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan - Knoche, Bruma, Tisserand – William (Mbabu 46’), Arnold, Guilavogui, Steffen (Roussillon 79’) - Joao Victor, Weghorst, Brekalo (Nmecha 66’)
Goals: Weghorst (3’), Joao Victor (24’), Yaremchuk (41’), Yaremchuk (90+4’)
Yellow cards: Owusu, Odjidja-Ofoe, Asare, Ngadeu-Ngadjui / Weghorst, William, Mbabu
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Russia)