VfL Wolfsburg keeps Gladbach at a distance


Good news for BVB: The Volkswagen Arena remains difficult for Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Despite a strong performance, the Bundesliga seventh at VfL Wolfsburg couldn’t get past a 0-0 draw and has been waiting for a win at Lower Saxony for almost 18 years.

The Gladbach-based company gave up the chance to pass their table neighbors Borussia Dortmund in the fight for the Champion League qualification. The North Germans, on the other hand, are after this draw after four league wins in a row in fourth place in the table.

The team of coach Marco Rose got off to a good start, combined pleasing and thoughtful, what was missing was the last precise pass near the opposing penalty area. In this way, the guard of the place, conducted by John Anthony Brooks, could always form just in time.

Valentino Lazaro shoots the ball over the crossbar

The guests were unlucky in the 42nd minute when Valentino Lazaro shot from eight meters away, but shot the ball over the crossbar. VfL goalkeeper Coen Casteels would hardly have had a chance to defend himself.

Chances for Wolfsburg always arose when Borussia’s cover acted a little too carelessly. Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer had to clear twice against Kevin Mbabu (7th) and Xaver Schlager (29th) with all his class.

After changing sides, little changed in the course of the game. A slight playful plus of the guests led to a field superiority without really clear opportunities to shoot.

Gladbach despite stormy wolves

Wolfsburg relied on pinpricks on the offensive and almost had success in the 63rd minute: A Brooks header hit the far right post. That even challenged the otherwise calm VfL coach Oliver Glasner to spontaneous applause.

Glasner’s colleague Rose reacted in the 70th minute to the lack of penetration of his protégés and replaced Lazaro with Hannes Wolf.

However, this measure did not initially have any effect – on the contrary: The guests had to withdraw because the North Germans blew the final offensive.


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