VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Lukas Nmecha schießt den Ball Richtung Tor der Bielefelder.
20.11.2021
First Team

Wolves salvage a point

VfL came back from 2-0 down to rescue a draw away to Arminia Bielefeld.

VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Lukas Nmecha schießt den Ball Richtung Tor der Bielefelder.

VfL Wolfsburg shared the spoils for just the second time in the current Bundesliga season, returning home with a point following a 2-2 draw in a gripping game away to Bielefeld. The hosts edged ahead in front of a crowd of 19,801 through Masaya Okugawa’s 11th-minute strike, and doubled their lead with a Fabian Klos penalty early in the second half (54’).

However, the Green-and-Whites hit back through quick-fire strikes from Wout Weghorst (62’) and Lukas Nmecha (63’). The result means the Wolves slip to fifth for the time being. They’re back in action on Tuesday 23 November on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League, away to FC Sevilla (kick-off 21:00CET).

Goals

1-0 Okugawa (11’): Patrick Wimmer wriggles into space on the right wing and is afforded time to pick a pass by the VfL defence. He lifts the ball into Okugawa’s path and the Bielefeld attacker sweeps it into the far post from 10 yards out. The Green-and-Whites have been caught cold!

  • 2-0 Klos (pen. 54’): Florian Kohfeldt’s side are pushing for an equaliser, but it’s Arminia who score again when the referee points to the spot after Kevin Mbabu’s late challenge on Alessandro Schöpf. Former Wolf Klos converts the penalty to put the hosts 2-0 up.

  • 2-1 Weghorst (62’): VfL produce a brilliant response as Dodi Lukebakio, only just on as a substitute, skips past his marker and crosses for Weghorst in the middle. The Dutchman prods in from close range to give the Wolves a lifeline.

  • 2-2 L. Nmecha (63’): Just 90 seconds later and Kohfeldt’s charges are level! Weghorst and Maximilian Philipp bear down on the Bielefeld box before the ball is played to Nmecha, who smashes a clinical shot home. What a hit!

Coaches’ reactions

Florian Kohfeldt: “Unfortunately it was only in the second half that we showed the same kind of intensity that Arminia showed over the full 90 minutes. We didn’t play well in the first half and Bielefeld deserved to be in front at the break. We should have equalised right away in the second half, but then we gave away an unnecessary – but correctly awarded – penalty. It was a different game after that because we began to pile on the pressure. Looking at the final 30 minutes, maybe we could even have taken more from the game. But if you’re 2-0 down after 60 minutes, then you have to be happy to take a point. Overall, we just need to play better over the 90 minutes so that we don’t get into the situation where we need to play like we did for the last half an hour.”

Frank Kramer: “My team played very well. They played with unbelievable intensity, defended brilliantly and got forward with purpose. Wolfsburg had three or four chances in the second half, but you can’t prevent that many against a Champions League team. My players showed character even after Wolfsburg equalised and they battled back well. Overall it’s a partial success, but we’ll take it gladly.”

Line-up and stats

Arminia Bielefeld: Ortega – Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Laursen (66‘ de Medina) – Prietl, Vasiliadis (66‘ Kunze), Wimmer (30‘ Fernandes), Schöpf, Okugawa (83‘ Hack) – Klos (83‘ Lasme)

Subs: Kapino (Goal), Andrade, Ramos, Serra

VfL Wolfsburg: VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu (61’ Lukebakio), Bornauw, Brooks – Baku, Arnold, Gerhardt, Otavio (25’ Roussillon) – Steffen (46’ Philipp), L. Nmecha (88’ Vranckx) – Weghorst

Subs: Pervan (Goal), van de Ven, F. Nmecha, Ginczek, Waldschmidt

Goals: 1-0 Okugawa (11‘), 2-0 Klos (54‘ Pen.), 2-1 Weghorst (62‘), 2-2 L. Nmecha (63‘)

Yellow cards: Pieper, Vasiliadis, de Medina, Schöpf / L. Nmecha

Referee: Martin Petersen (Stuttgart)

Attendance: 19,801 at Schüco-Arena

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