As of: 28.11.2019 20:47
VfL Wolfsburg entered the second round of the Europa League before the scheduled date. The Niedersachsen was after a difficult match with the Ukrainian representative PFK Olexandrija Thursday night at 1-0 (1: 0). At the same time, Saint-Etienne did not beat Ghent for a 0-0 draw. This means that Ghent and Wolfsburg Group I can no longer be obtained. In the last group match against the French on December 12 against local fans, the VfL should play in a relaxed way. "We are very, very happy, it was a tough fight for us – but we did, it was clearly our goal before the season to qualify for the playoff phase, which we did" said captain Josuha Guilavogui, who was able to run despite knee problems.
Wolfsburg can now focus on the last Bundesliga matches this year. And that's it next Sunday with a home match against Werder Bremen. In all likelihood, an increase in performance is necessary for three points.
Casteels debuting on EL on the post
Because the stadium of Olexandrija, with a capacity of 7,000 spectators of UEFA, is too small, the match took place in the arena of Lviv, place of the 2012 European Championship at 900 km.
5.Spieltag, 28.11.2019 18:55 hours
The interest in the game was clear. The few fans of VfL on the move had for the first time, after a little less than a quarter of an hour, a cry on the lips. Wout Weghorst was dried at twelve meters. PFK goalkeeper Yuri Pankiw could not keep the ball, but Joao Victor could not use the rebound (13). Shortly after, John Anthony Brooks and Marcel Tisserand disagreed on a free kick from Dmitro Gretschyschkin. As Dmitro Schastal came close, VfL goaltender Koen Casteels, who celebrated his long injury, his debut in the European League, responded at the speed of lightning (19).
VfL needs a penalty for the head
Wolfsburg sometimes played oppressively, but could not take advantage of the best opportunities. It was always dangerous for the hosts to score goals, especially for Maximilian Arnold's standards, but Tisserand (24 ') and Guilavogui (32') did not take advantage of their chances. A free-kick from Arnold however gave VfL the chance to take advantage before the break. Kaspars Dubra 's central back hooked on Weghorst' s arm so much that the Austrian referee Manuel Schüttengruber could not help but decide on a penalty kick. The Dutchman at fault kicked himself and went into safety (45. + 1). It was his tenth goal in competition this season.
Wolfsburg must tremble at the end
The head was well deserved and even after the restart, Wolfsburg had the match under control. However, with their chances (Joao Victor / 49., William / 58.), they continued to be negligent. And Olexandrija, who had not lost after the 1: 3 to Wolfsburg in the Europa League, did not give up. Gretschyshkin tested Casteels with a long-range shot, but hit the ball directly on the Belgian (67.). Now began a long phase of tremor before, in the later stages, Felix Klaus still has the opportunity to score 2: 0. However, the substitute offensive player did not miss the ball (82 & # 39; ;), just like Jérôme Roussillon in injury (90 + 2 & # 39;).