The Foals and Wolves split in a tie in the Saturday night Bundesliga game. A strong first half by the hosts was followed by a close second 45 minutes by VfL. In the end, the strikers decided the game.
Borussia Mönchengladbach missed the successful dress rehearsal for the Champions League. Four days before the kick-off of the premier class at Inter Milan on Wednesday (9 p.m. / in the live ticker on Chillreport), the Gladbachers were no more than 1: 1 despite a lead against VfL Wolfsburg. Jonas Hofmann (78th) scored on Saturday evening with a penalty kick to give the hosts the lead in front of 300 spectators, but Wout Weghorst (85th) scored the tying run. The guests from Wolfsburg played only a draw for the fourth time in their fourth game.
“I think we had good chances in the first half. Wolfsburg had better chances in the second half. The 1-1 is okay, but we’re not satisfied with the point,” Gladbach’s defender Matthias Ginter said at DAZN. . VfL newcomer Ridle Baku said: “We decided to take three points. That didn’t work out. It was a super intense game. We can be satisfied with the point.”
After the sovereign 3-1 derby victory over 1. FC Köln two weeks ago, the Gladbachers did without their recently recovered striker Alassane Plea, who became a father on Saturday evening. “There are more important things than football,” said coach Marco Rose, explaining the decision to DAZN. Rose certainly would have liked to have his striker on the team against the strong VfL defense.
Wolfe newcomer Baku for the first time in the starting XI
Because the Wolfsburg four-man defense chain with the two newcomers Ridle Baku, who was in the starting XI for the first time, and Maxence Lacroix initially left Gladbachers’ room and was very safe. In the first three Bundesliga games, Wolfsburg conceded one goal, but scored only one.
After 20 minutes, however, the guests were lucky that the Gladbachers, who could get into the game better and were more powerful, could not take their first good chance. After a Hofmann cross, Florian Neuhaus’s header landed on the post. Hofmann, who often caused danger on the right, was unlucky in the 35th minute that his shot missed the goal by only a few centimeters.
Wolfsburg offensive completely submerged in first half
In addition to the guest defense working, the Lower Saxony were able to set small accents in the offensive in the beginning. Josip Brekalo managed to overcome the outside positions one or the other, but striker Weghorst, the best VfL goalscorer of the past season with 16 goals, initially barely entered the game. Borussia goalkeeper Yann Sommer had to prove his skills for the first time in the 47th minute with a shot from Brekalo.
In the Gladbach attack, Embolo, who took Plea’s position, still lacked the vibrancy, and Thuram also had less dangerous scenes. In return, the much more dangerous guests in the second section got good chances through Admir Mehmedi (58th) and Maximilian Arnold (62nd), but Sommer was able to parry every time. Hofmann then scored from the point after VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels Thuram took off his feet. Weghorst countered late for Wolfsburg.