Wolfsburg (AP) – VfL Wolfsburg gave a spectacular response to the turmoil of recent days in a game that was dramatic at the end.
With goalkeeper Koen Casteels having a hand penalty in injury time, Lower Saxony remained unbeaten in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 (2-0) victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the seventh game of this season.
The goals of Renato Steffen (6th minute) and Wout Weghorst (26th) also resulted in a small sporting revenge between the two clubs: on the last day of last season, the Hoffenheim team had snatched the last directly assigned place from the Europe League.
The victory could have been higher, but Weghorst shot a penalty kick wide of the goal in the 84th minute. Instead, Hoffenheim scored a goal via Sargis Adamyan in the 87th minute. Munas Dabbur failed in injury time with a hand penalty for Casteels and forgave the draw for Hoffenheim.
“I don’t have that much gray hair yet, but I think I’ve added a few,” said goalscorer Steffen on Sky TV and lamented, “It was a little unnecessary for us to stress ourselves out so much. should have opened with the 3-0 and then it was all over. “
Before the game, everything revolved around the differences between VfL coach Oliver Glasner and sports director Jörg Schmadtke, after the Austrian recently complained twice about the failure of another offensive engagement. Schmadtke then criticized the time and manner of these statements (“This is no Phantasialand here”). But Hoffenheim’s match eased the tension again.
On the one hand, the players were not at all impressed and could have led 3-0 after ten minutes. On the other hand, Glasner rearranged his statements in a Sky interview. “I have not taken it as criticism at all. It should not be understood that way,” said the 46-year-old. “I said we. I didn’t even say I had these ideas and the sports management had other ideas. We had the same ideas that we couldn’t implement in one function.” He is “super happy” with all the other newcomers.
Three of them (Baku, Lacroix, Philipp) were also back in the starting line-up against Hoffenheim, almost helping to overtake their major rivals from last season in the beginning. Josip Brekalo got the first big chance in the 3rd minute. The two goals for the 2-0 lead were almost inevitable, but also remarkable.
Initially referee Sven Jablonski refused to acknowledge Swiss Steffen’s 1-0 victory, until the video assistant signaled him after almost two minutes: Nobody was offside. The 2-0 didn’t come until the second margin, after Steffen and goalscorer Weghorst failed twice before trying to get the ball over the goal line. Hoffenheim only became dangerous in the last minutes of the first half by Ishak Belfodil (40th) and Christoph Baumgartner (45th + 3).
At TSG, the contrast between the Europa League and the Bundesliga is getting bigger. Although they have won every game internationally to date, they have now lost four of the last five games in the league. The list of failures grew longer due to the positive corona test at Jacob Bruun Larsen. In the Volkswagen Arena, trainer Sebastian Hoeneß missed a total of nine professionals.
Despite this handicap and the 2-0 deficit, Hoffenheim fought back in this match. They dominated the second half, but missed the necessary connecting goal a number of times, which would have made the Wolfsburg nervous again. Munas Dabbur missed the best chance in the 73rd minute.