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, Hoffenheim had to assign the last place directly to Wolfsburg. snatched from the Europa League.
The victory could have been higher, but Weghorst shot a penalty kick wide of the goal in the 84th minute. Instead, Hoffenheim scored 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, lamenting, “It was a bit unnecessary for us to put ourselves over so much again. Feel we had the lid on had to open 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 had 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 didn’t take it as criticism at all. It shouldn’t 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 the previous season in the beginning. Josip Brekalo got the first big chance in the 3rd minute. The two goals for the 2-0 lead then fell almost inevitably, but also remarkable.
Initially referee Sven Jablonski refused to acknowledge Swiss Steffen’s 1-0 victory, until the video assistant gave him a signal after almost two minutes: Nobody was offside. The 2-0 didn’t come until the second margin, after Steffen and goalscorer Weghorst had 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. While you’ve won every game internationally so far, you 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, coach Sebastian Hoeneß missed a total of nine professionals.
Despite this handicap and the 2-0 deficit, the Hoffenheim team fought back in this match. They dominated the second half, but missed the necessary connecting goal several times, which would have made the Wolfsburg nervous again. Munas Dabbur missed the best chance in the 73rd minute.