Die Spieler des VfL Wolfsburg jubeln im Spiel gegen Desna Tschernihiw.
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Wolves take next step

VfL earned a 2-0 win against Desna Chernihiv in the second round of UEFA Europa League qualifying.

Die Spieler des VfL Wolfsburg jubeln im Spiel gegen Desna Tschernihiw.

Josuha Guilavogui broke the deadlock early in the first half, before Joonas Tamm was sent off for the visitors in the second. Daniel Ginczek struck with seconds remaining to seal the win for the Wolves, who will face Greek side AEK Athens in next week’s crucial play-off round. Before then, though, the Wolves are back in Bundesliga action against SC Freiburg on Sunday 27 September (kick-off 18:00 CEST).

Marmoush makes competitive debut

Head coach Glasner made two changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen in their Bundesliga opener. Guilavogui was restored in central defence after missing Sunday’s stalemate through suspension, while Omar Marmoush was handed his competitive debut for the club in place of Josip Brekalo.

Captain fantastic

The Wolves signalled their intent from the outset, Marmoush flashing a shot wide of Desna goalkeeper Yevhen Past’s far post and Admir Mehmedi curling another effort over the crossbar inside the opening minutes. They took the lead just past the quarter-hour mark when Mehmedi’s corner was flicked on by Renato Steffen into the path of Guilavogui, who was left with a simple finish.

Jerome Roussillon did well to beat Vladyslav Kalitvintsev to a teasing ball across the face of goal, but VfL continued to create the better chances and went close to doubling their advantage when Steffen blazed over the bar from the edge of the penalty area. Xaver Schlager nearly made it 2-0 from another Mehmedi corner two minutes before the interval, but the midfielder’s header missed the target by inches.

Josuha Guilavogui und Renato Steffen umarmen sich.

Second half

Desna started the second half the brighter of the two teams and Kalitvintsev twice went close to bringing his side back on level terms. The 27-year-old had a goal-bound shot deflected over the crossbar by Guilavogui after Koen Casteels had parried an effort into his path, before his curling free-kick was clawed away by the Belgian custodian.

The visitors’ hopes of drawing level were dealt a significant blow when they were reduced to ten men 15 minutes into the second half. Moments after being booked for a foul on Casteels, defender Tamm was shown a second yellow card for a robust challenge on Maximilian Arnold. The hosts made their numerical advantage count with seconds remaining, Ginczek slotting home Schlager’s square pass to clinch the win for the Green-and-Whites.

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels - Steffen, Lacroix (Brooks 62’), Guilavogui, Roussillon - Schlager, Arnold - Marmoush (Paulo Otavio 59’), Mehmedi, Joao Victor - Weghorst (Ginczek 78’)

Desna Chernihiv: Past - Konoplia, Gitchenko, Tamm, Mostoviy - Ohirya, Dombrovskyi (Yermakov 65’) - Kalitvintsev, Totovytskyi, Kartushov (Gutsuliak 46’) - Budkivskyi (Shevtsov 84’)

Goals: 1-0 Guilavogui (16’), 2-0 Ginczek (90’+2)

Yellow cards: Victor, Marmoush / Tamm, Konoplia, Ohirya, Totovytskyi

Red card: Tamm

Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)



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