Wolfsburg (AP) - VfL Wolfsburg has missed in the Bundesliga a starting record. The 1: 1 (0: 1) against the promoted SC Paderborn prevented the Europa League participants for the first time in his Erstliga history with three wins in a row in a new season starts.
After all, Josip Brekalo equalized in the 56th minute the residue by Cauly Oliveira Souza (12) still. Also Paderborn was happy in the end about the first point of the season.
Decisive for the course of this game was initially the time between the 8th and 12th minute of the game. Wolfsburg's new signing Xaver Schlager was initially seriously injured when he got caught in the net after a cross from Brekalo in the penalty area (8 '). The Austrian was first treated, then brought on a stretcher from the field and later even driven to the hospital. With the first attack after his substitution (11th) also fell the same 0: 1.
From this double shock, the VfL did not recover before 23,750 spectators for a long time. From an initially very powerful and dynamic idea was suddenly a helpless and dizzy. A thread broke very early in the Wolfsburgers, which could not be resumed for almost 40 minutes.
The Niedersachsen had after their victories against 1. FC Köln and Hertha BSC the great opportunity to make a very good start to a historic season. In the past 20 years, even the most successful VfL teams under Felix Magath, Wolfgang Wolf or Bruno Labbadia have failed to make three inline successes. That was also denied the new coach Oliver Glasner.
For the Paderborns, it initially looked as if they were hopeless for the first time in this league after their convincing performances against Leverkusen (2: 3) and Freiburg (1: 3). But while the team of former Wolfsburg Steffen Baumgart in the first two games still lacked the effectiveness, this time she made in the first half of a few opportunities very much. And while the two central defenders Uwe Hünemeier and Christian Strohdiek were still identified as weak points, especially against Freiburg, this time they took the Wolfsburg goal-getter Wout Weghorst well out of the game.
A new dynamic got this game only by the substitution of the VfL striker Admir Mehmedi in the 55th minute. Only a few seconds later, the Swiss national player started with a ball win the not exactly foreseeable equalizer. Again only a minute later Weghorst missed the big chance to 2: 1 (57.).
The Wolfsburg fans were now making a lot of noise, and a majority of them apparently thought the game would finally tip over. But the best chances had from now on Paderborn. In the 59th minute striker Sven Michel ran all alone to the gate and failed to VfL keeper Koen Casteels. In the 75th minute of the Belgian goalkeeper won this duel in a similar situation again.
Wolfsburg had at first only some courageous actions of Mehmedi in petto. In the 83rd minute, he even dared to shoot from the own half of the game on the Paderborn goal. It was dangerous but only once in stoppage time: As cleared Mohamed Dräger shortly before the goal line a shot by Felix Klaus (90 + 4).
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