VfL missed the chance to go top of the Bundesliga table on Sunday afternoon as they were held to a goalless draw by Augsburg at the Volkswagen Arena. In a somewhat scrappy game, both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances, although the Wolves did have a late goal disallowed. Oliver Glasner’s men nevertheless remain unbeaten this season and the fixtures continue to come thick and fast this week, with a DFB Cup second-round tie at home to RB Leipzig on Wednesday followed by a trip to Borussia Dortmund next Saturday.
Glasner made four changes following Thursday’s trip to KAA Gent in the UEFA Europa League. John Brooks made his comeback from injury, replacing Robin Knoche at the back, while Yannick Gerhardt, Jerome Roussillon and Felix Klaus came in for Maximilian Arnold, Renato Steffen and Joao Victor.
Tense first half
Klaus appeared to be rejuvenated after sitting out Thursday’s match and had the first real chance of the game on eight minutes when he broke down the left and bore down on goal, but his shot was saved at close range by Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek. The visitors then went up the other end and created their best opening of the half, but Pavao Pervan was equal to Ruben Vargas’ finish. Klaus had another opportunity a few minutes later but poked his volley wide.
After an open start, the match became rather disjointed, with no lack of effort or commitment from either side but a lack of quality in the final balls. The Wolves enjoyed the majority of the possession and had a number of corners, but it stayed goalless until the half-time break.
Frustration for Wolves
It was a similar story in the second half. Florian Niederlechner could have done better when he received the ball just inside the area but shot straight at Pervan, while William’s long-range strike was the Green-Whites’ only notable effort before the hour mark.
Glasner threw on Joao Victor and Lukas Nmecha to provide some impetus in attack, but the men in green continued to be frustrated by the resolute Augsburg defence. At the other end, Pervan had to be alert to a low free-kick from Marco Richter. The Wolves did finally manage to put the ball in the net late on, but Joao Victor’s goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR review, which summed up a frustrating afternoon for Glasner’s side.
VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan - Brooks, Bruma, Tisserand – William, Gerhardt (Arnold 83’), Guilavogui, Roussillon – Klaus (Joao Victor 60’), Weghorst, Brekalo (Nmecha 71’)
FC Augsburg: Koubek - Lichtsteiner, Jedvaj, Udokhai, Max - Richter, Baier (Gouweleeuw 83’), Khedira, Vargas (Iago 71’) – Finnbogason (Cordova 77’), Niederlechner
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)