Energetic comeback

The She-Wolves rescued a well-earned point late on against Hoffenheim.

Alexandra Popp vom VfL Wolfsburg läuft jubelnd mit beiden Armen zur Seite ausgestreckt neben ihrer Mitspielerin Lena Lattwein über das Spielfeld.

After missing out on qualification for the Champions League group stage, VfL Wolfsburg Women responded with a spirited comeback. In the top game on Matchday 5 of the Google Pixel Women’s Bundesliga, the She-Wolves fought back from a 2-0 deficit against a ruthlessly efficient TSG Hoffenheim side. It was Alexandra Popp who scored the late equaliser, earning the hosts a deserved point and sparking wild celebrations.


  • 0-1 Memeti (18’): Michaela Specht plays a good pass behind the VfL defence, which Ereleta Memeti finishes off past Lisa Schmitz to make it 1-0.

  • 0-2 Alber (45’+1): Against the run of play, the visitors strike again at the AOK Stadion. There’s a big slice of luck involved this time, with Dominique Janssen deflecting Mara Alber’s cross into the net.

  • 1-2 Janssen (55’): Following a foul on Popp, Janssen confidently puts away the penalty to reduce the arrears.

  • 2-2 Popp (89’): YEEEES! The TSG defence fail to properly clear a long ball and somehow it bounces in front of Popp, who fires in the equaliser to make it 2-2.


Tommy Stroot: “At the moment we’re having to work very hard to get our reward. As a team, we dealt with the setback of going behind very well and we did the right things. My players deserve huge respect for their fantastic reaction in the second half.“

Line-ups and stats

VfL Wolfsburg: Schmitz – Wilms (83‘ Wedemeyer), Hendrich, Janssen (59‘ Hegering), Rauch (83‘ Rabano) – Huth (70‘ Oberdorf), Lattwein – Endemann, Popp, Brand (83‘ Kalma) – Pajor

Subs: Borbe (GK), Hagel, Demann, Xhemaili

TSG Hoffenheim: Tufekovic – Krumbiegel, Specht, Doorn, Linder – Harsch, Dongus, Feldkamp (79‘ Corley) – Alber (66‘ Billa), Janssens (87‘ Diehm), Memeti (87‘ Cazalla Garcia)

Subs: von Schrader (GK), Kaut, D’Angelo, Leimenstoll

Goals: 0-1 Memeti (18‘), 0-2 Alber (45‘+1), 1-2 Janssen (55‘), 2-2 Popp (89‘)

Yellow cards: Endemann, Wilms / Specht, Dongus

Referee: Naemi Breier (Zerf)

Attendance: 3,707 at AOK Stadion