NSEelefeld (dpa) – With a superb comeback, Wolfsburg have prevented Wolfsburg’s first bankruptcy under new coach Florian Kohfeldt.
The participant came in the Champions League 2:2 (0:1) at Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga despite trailing 0:2, thus remaining undefeated in the fourth competitive game under Kohfeldt. After a poor first half and a false start after the change, it appears that the VFL was significantly behind due to goals against Masaya Okogawa (min. 11) and Fabian Klose (54). But top scorers Wout Weghorst (62) and Lukas Nmecha (63) saved the afternoon for Wolfsburg, who won their first three competitive matches under Kohfeldt, within a minute.
Wolfsburg are still on 20 points from strike distance into the Champions League positions and could go to Tuesday’s group game in Seville with a good feeling. The match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. For Bielefeld, it was a bit disappointing after the first win of the season in Stuttgart before the international break. But looking at the performance, Frank Kramer’s team can go to Munich for the first game with a good feeling.
Both coaches had to change their starting lineups to one position each. While Armenia Kramer coach Alessandro Schopf brought into the midfield for patient Florian Krueger, Kohfeldt replaced ailing Joshua Jelavogoy with Kevin Mbabu in a three-way defensive series.
In front of 19801 spectators on the Pain Stadium, the guests set the first accent when nationalist Lukas Nmica could only be slowed down by a mistake by Amos Bieber (second). Referee Martin Petersen (Stuttgart) showed that Nemesha would have come in a promising position, to Bieber in yellow.
Then Bielefeld took over and embarrassed Wolfsburg early on. Kevin Weimer, who was wearing a mask due to his injury to his face, lifted the ball into the penalty area with a solo shot at Okugawa, who hit the ball into the far corner to take the lead. Wolfsburg did not recover from the shock for a long time, and a little later Schopf could increase the score to 2-0, but missed the goal after a display by Klaus (17). Both coaches had to change early due to injuries: at Bielefeld things went as little for Wimer as VVFL for Paulo Ottavio. Edmilson and Jerome Roussillon came into play.
Kaulfeldt brought in Maximilian Philipp in place of Renato Steffen at the start of the second round. The guests’ body language immediately changed. Then Lukas Nmica had the opportunity to equalize. His shot missed the goal (48). Disappointment ensued. After a foul in the penalty area by Mbabo on Schopf, referee Petersen made the point. Top scorer Kloss definitely turned.
Only then did Lower Saxony respond. Mbabo’s substitute, Dodi Lukbakio, prevailed on the right flank and played at the far post, where only Wieghurst had to push. Seconds into the second half, the striker warmed up for Nmesha, who succeeded in taking a corner kick. Goalkeeper Stefan Ortega then became Armenia’s savior with performances against Maximilian Arnold and Sebastian Bornau.
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