First Team

Wolves fight back twice to earn point

VfL Wolfsburg had to settle for a point at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday after twice coming from behind to secure a 2-2 draw.

VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach shared the spoils in an entertaining and keenly fought Matchday 6 encounter at the Volkswagen Arena. The visitors took the lead early on in each half through Alassane Plea and Thorgan Hazard, but the Wolves responded quickly on each occasion, with Renato Steffen and Wout Weghorst scoring the equalisers. The result is now the third draw in four games for Bruno Labbadia’s men, who are next in action away to Werder Bremen on Friday (kick-off 20:30 CEST).

Team news: Changes in attack

Labbadia made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 at Mainz on Wednesday. Admir Mehmedi missed out due to a toe problem, so Steffen came into the midfield, while Yunus Malli and Weghorst replaced Elvis Rexhbecaj and Daniel Ginczek in the front three.

Lively first half hour

A sunny autumn afternoon at the Volkswagen Arena quickly turned gloomy for the Green-Whites. In the seventh minute, the visitors countered quickly and striker Plea cut inside before curling an exquisite shot into the far corner from just outside the area. The Foals’ lead didn’t last long, though. Just five minutes later, Steffen seized on a loose pass midway into the Gladbach half and drilled in the equaliser from a similar range. With both sides sensing there was something in it for them, a fast-paced and end-to-end period ensued. Weghorst had the ball in the back of the net from a free-kick in the 20th minute but it was disallowed for a push. The pace of the match dropped off as half-time approached and the teams went in level at the break.

Déjà vu

The second 45 minutes started exactly like the first – with Gladbach scoring on the counter. This time it was Hazard who finished off a flowing move, stroking the ball past Koen Casteels from close range. However, the Wolves displayed their battling qualities once again and levelled on 59 minutes. Malli’s cross into the box was deflected and Weghorst nipped ahead of his man to steer it in. After that, it was the hosts who looked more likely to find a winner, but John Brooks headed over from a corner and William’s effort was comfortably saved by Yann Sommer, meaning the game ended all square.

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Steffen (Gerhardt 90’), Camacho, Arnold (Rexhbecaj 72’) – Malli, Weghorst (Ginczek 82’), Brekalo

Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer – Lang (Jantschke 73‘), Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt – Neuhaus (Cuisance 73‘), Kramer, Zakaria – Herrmann, Plea (Traore 82‘), Hazard

Goals: Plea (7’), Steffen (12’), Hazard (48’), Weghorst (59’)

Yellow cards: Brooks, Steffen / Elvedi, Kramer

Attendance: 24,101

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin)



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