VfB played the opening minutes with a lot of momentum. The guests from Wolfsburg were able to open the match quite quickly and arrived at the match’s first dangerous goal field scenes. After a fine move down the middle Lukas Nmecha nearly gave the home side a goal after 10 minutes. The finishing shot went just wide, though. Shortly afterwards, a corner kick was the starting point for the Lower Saxony leadership. John Brooks headed in from the right to make it 1-0.
It was an equal match up until the break whistle where the Cannstatt team tried to equalize without creating any great scoring chances. Erik Thommy tested VfL goalkeeper Coen Casteels with a shot from about 20 yards out in the 19th minute. In the last minutes of the first half, VfB head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team put pressure on again. Tiago Tomas unleashed a swerving effort from the right that the visitors’ keeper did well to tip wide. Just a minute later, Wolfsburg’s Xaver Schlager threw himself decisively into Waldemar Anton’s shot and blocked the ball for a corner kick.
After the switch, only one team played: VfB. The team with the breaststroke, however, had a hard time against Wolfsburg’s closely shifted defensive ranks. Substitute Chris Führich tried from the edge of the box, but aimed his shot too high (70 ‘). The visitors, in turn, had a good opportunity after a corner kick. Maxence Lacroix headed just past the far post (64 ‘). In the final phase, Florian Müller parried strongly against Jonas Wind (86th) and prevented the decision.
Shortly before the end of the regular season, VfB finally rewarded themselves for their efforts. Enzo Millot crossed the far post from the left. Chris Führich pushed in and made it 1-1 (89th). Afterwards, VfB tried everything again, but in the end it was a draw.
13 minutes: Wolfsburg took a corner kick from the right. John Brooks climbs the highest and heads in to the visitors for 1-0.
89 minutes: A co-production of the substitutes provides the compensation. Enzo Millot crosses for the far post from the left. Chris Führich is free there and puts the ball under the crossbar in a technically demanding way to 1-1.
Pellegrino Matarazzo, VfB head coach: “We saw a balanced first half where both teams became dangerous, especially through set pieces. Wolfsburg had a bit more of the game in the first 45 minutes. In the first half I was not happy with our attacking play. After the break it was the other way around. We pushed a bit. harder on, got better and deserved to equalize. ”
Florian Kohfeldt, head coach of VfL Wolfsburg: “We got into the match very well, had a lot of control and scored the goal from a set piece. Then we could have gone even more consistent to 2-0. Stuttgart did a little more in the minutes before the break. In the second half, after 25 minutes of pressure from Stuttgart, we controlled the game better again, had our chances to make it 2-0 and then unfortunately collected the equalizer in the 89th minute. 1: 1 is not entirely undeserved, but we could have done better. We are happy that we made it perfect to stay in the class. ”
Chris Fuhrich: “A huge thank you to the fans for the support. I’m glad the ball went in just before the end and I was able to help with my goal. The goal pushed us again. We did everything we could to score the second goal. We need to move on now, keep going, work hard every day to reach our goal of staying in class. This one point can help with that. ”
Sasa Kalajdzic: “It was extremely important for our heads that we turned a 0-1 draw to a 1-1 draw. But after the equalizer we could not pull momentum on our side and turn it into another goal. It would have been even better. We came back after conceding a stupid standard goal. It just hurts in our situation. Then we run after the deficit. It was not due to the team’s efforts. She gave everything, fought – that’s the least we can do. The fans gave us excellent support.”
The next games:
Next week, Sunday the 8th of May, VfB will visit the German champions FC Bayern at 17.30. In the last home game in the basic game, the team with the breaststroke will host 1. FC Köln in the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday 14 May. Kick-off is at 15.30. Secure tickets in the VfB online shop