Wolfsburg (AP) - VfL Wolfsburg has prevented in the Europa League a complete disgrace of the Bundesliga. As the only German club won the Lower Saxony their opening game against outsider PFK Oleksandrija from Ukraine with 3: 1 (2: 0).
"These are games where everyone expects victory, and that's not as easy as it looks on paper," Mehmedi said. "We had a very good grip on the game."
The first European Cup evening of the VfL after three and a half years pursued only 10,112 spectators in the not even half empty Volkswagen Arena. But if they did not see a spectacular game or a spectacular opponent, they were at least offered the self-mockery of the green-white fan curve ("10,000 Wolfsburg, Schalalalala") and four mostly worth seeing goals.
In the 1: 0 by a 30 -meter shot by Maximilian Arnold, the Ukrainian goalkeeper Yuri Pankow steered the ball in the 20th minute awkwardly into his own goal. Only four minutes later, Admir Mehmedi refined a brace-kicking preparatory work by Josip Brekalo (24 ') with a nice shiver. The first goal of the otherwise harmless Ukrainians Yevgen Banada by direct pick after a free kick (66). But only a minute later put Mehmedi for his assassin Brekalo on (67.).
Nevertheless, this first success for the "Wolves" was nothing more than a triumphal victory against the supposedly easiest opponent in this group I. In order to finish in the first place and to move into the knockout stage, the team of coach Oliver Glasner must all against AS Saint-Etienne from France (3 October) and KAA Gent from Belgium (24 October).
The Europa League debutants from Oleksandrija justified on Thursday just a quarter of an hour long the praise that Glasner had given them the day before ("very well organized"). Thereafter, the Bundesliga club was superior in all respects. The game was almost only in the direction of the Ukrainian gate.
Most Wolfsburg attacks were carried on the strong left side with the playful Croatian Brekalo and the particularly conspicuous Frenchman Jerome Roussillon. Both need such international appearances to remember their national coaches.
Meanwhile, on the right side, Swiss Kevin Mbabu, who is earmarked for around nine million euros, has replaced Brazilian William for the first time this season. Glasner did not allow more rotation in his squad, which was represented in three competitions.
Data about the game
Homepage of VfL Wolfsburg
The Europa League at uefa.com
Schedule of the VfL Wolfsburg
The Europa League squad of VfL Wolfsburg
The Europa League squad of the PFC Olexandrija
The group I
The European Cup balance sheet of VfL Wolfsburg