The hosts and the Werkself neutralize each other for long periods of the game and break up without a winner. Both teams had top opportunities – but ultimately bad luck.
No Havertz, no goals: with a new start without his previous superstar Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen made a stuttering start to the new Bundesliga season. In the duel between the factory clubs at VfL Wolfsburg, the team of trainer Peter Bosz did not get further than 0-0.
Especially in the offensive, the Rhinelander lacked creativity and scoring risk at the start of the competition without national player Kai Havertz who migrated to Chelsea. A week after the easy cup crash against regional league club Eintracht Norderstedt (7-0), Bayer showed a largely harmless performance against tired wolves and had hardly any chances to score.
Wolfsburg showed significant defensive improvement
For Wolfsburg, the draw should be in order three days after the exhausting European Cup match in Tirana (4-0 in the Europa League qualifying against Albania’s number two FK Kukesi). Especially since VfL showed a significant improvement in the back and was even closer to three thanks to the better chances.
The match for 500 spectators in the Wolfsburg Arena required a certain warm-up time. Leverkusen, which started without his king-transfer Patrik Schick, tried to take control of the game from the start. But in the first Bundesliga game without Havertz and Kevin Volland, which was also sold in the summer (47 scorer points together last season), Leverkusen’s offensive initially lacked penetration in the final third.
Brooks shot just over it from five yards
Wolfsburg, the only newcomer to the base with central defender Maxence Lacroix (from FC Sochaux), initially seemed to want to recover from the tensions of the European Cup and initially let the guests at the helm. However, this suddenly changed after half an hour, VfL woke up – and had opportunities.
First, a long shot by Josip Brekalo (30th) rushed over it. Then Maximilian Arnold put a sharp corner on the outside post (32nd), before John Anthony Brooks headed (33rd) and just before half-time, Wout Weghorst (42nd) in particular had to take care of the Wolfsburg lead. Brooks aimed just over from five meters, Weghorst, who had hit twice on Thursday, failed from eight meters on the brilliantly reacting Lukas Hradecky in the Bayer goal.
In the second round, the level of the game eventually leveled off. The biggest excitement was Moussa Diaby’s attempt (64th) from close range, but VfL keeper Koen Casteels parried well.