First Team

Wimmer clinches point

VfL substitute Patrick Wimmer earns VfL a 1-1 draw against Union Berlin.

The Wolves rounded off Bundesliga Matchday 24 on Sunday evening with a 1-1 draw against Union Berlin at the Volkswagen Arena. VfL substitute Patrick Wimmer netted a deserved equaliser for the hosts in the 84th minute, after Josip Juranovic had given Union the lead from the penalty spot (72’).


0-1 Juranovic (72’, pen):  The visitors take the lead after VfL fail to make the most of several opportunities. Josuha Guilavogui catches Aissa Laidouni late in the penalty area and referee Robert Schröder points to the spot, allowing Juranovic to fire past Koen Casteels.

1-1 Wimmer (84’):  Finally! Two substitutes combine as Kevin Paredes dribbles into the area from the left before cutting the ball back to Wimmer, who beats Frederik Rönnow with a crisp, low effort to give VfL the equaliser they deserve.

Coaches’ quotes

Niko Kovac: “We put in such a brilliant performance over the 90 minutes, both with and without the ball. Union asked everything of us, but given the chances we had, it was a game we should have won comfortably. We then ended up falling behind to a justifiable penalty. Overall we didn’t give Union anything – they didn’t threaten in front of goal and didn’t have any serious chances. That shows that we played well today, but I’m obviously not happy with the result because – as we did against Frankfurt – we dropped two points that would have been useful in the race for seventh place.”

Urs Fischer: “I’m pleased overall – this is the first time we’ve picked up a point and the first time we’ve scored a goal in Wolfsburg. The team worked really hard, particularly when I think back to Thursday, as they only had three days to prepare for the game. It was a hard-earned point and when you look at the 90 minutes, we were definitely a little fortunate. There were one or two situations where we needed the rub of the green, but when I look at the team’s commitment and passion, the point wasn’t undeserved.”

Line-ups and stats

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Guilavogui, Bornauw, van de Ven – Fischer (81‘ Baku), Otavio (81’ Paredes), Gerhardt (81‘ Wimmer), F. Nmecha, Svanberg (81‘ Kaminski) – Wind (63‘ L. Nmecha), Marmoush

Subs: Pervan (GK) Lacroix, Cozza, Waldschmidt

Union Berlin: Rönnow – Doekhi (62‘ Baumgartl), Knoche, Leite – Juranovic, R. Khedira (62’ Seguin), Gießelmann (62’ Roussillon), – Thorsby, Laidouni (77’ Haberer) – Becker (85’ Behrens), Michel

Subs: Grill (GK), Trimmel, Leweling, Jordan

Goals: 0-1 Juranovic (72‘, pen), 1-1 Wimmer (84‘)

Yellow cards: Bornauw, Marmoush / Khedira, Thorsby, Leite, Behrens

Referee: Robert Schröder (Hannover)

Attendance: 23,554 at Volkswagen Arena