Felix Nmecha nicks dramatic draw for Wolfsburg against Augsburg
Wolfsburg battled back at home to Augsburg with late goals from substitutes Luca Waldschmidt and Felix Nmecha taking them to a 2-2 draw.
Wolfsburg 2-2 Augsburg
Goals: 0-1 Arnold (o.g. 2'), 0-2 Berisha 32' (assist: Engels), 1-2 Waldschmidt 84', 2-2 F Nmecha 90'+6 (assist: Paredes)
Wolfsburg sought to give their European qualification hopes a boost at home to mid-table Augsburg, but were quickly dealt a blow as Maximilian Arnold accidentally headed in a corner after barely a minute of play. Jakub Kaminski and Patrick Wimmer both had early chances to level, and after the latter was brought down in the box by Arne Maier, Wolfsburg captain Arnold stepped up to the spot to seek redemption for his early misfortune, only to blaze the ball over. Further misfortune followed for the Wolves as Yannick Gerhardt headed the ball onto the post and Mergim Berisha finished clinically with Augsburg’s first shot of the game to make it 2-0. The surprisingly comfortable lead allowed the visitors to sit back and complicate the hosts' efforts to fashion opportunities. Arnold sent a good effort on target from distance shortly before the break, but Rafal Gikiewicz turned it around the post, and Wimmer spurned the last good opportunity of the period for the bewildered hosts.
The flavour of the play was unchanged in the second period, with more chances for the hosts sent astray. Gerhardt went around Gikiewicz but fired over from a tight angle. Omar Marmoush then sent the ball into the side netting from short range as Wolfsburg continued to hunt for a way back into the tie as time began to tick away. The visitors defended bravely and even had a chance for a third, with Irvin Cardona missing an opportunity to chip Koen Casteels. Wolfsburg finally got onto the scoresheet with a little over five minutes of regulation play remaining, as Arnold whipped a free-kick in that Waldschmidt struck home. The hosts pressed to complete an unlikely comeback and managed it at the very last moment, with fellow substitute Nmecha bundling the ball in during the sixth and final minute of stoppage time from a Kevin Parades cross. A dramatic, but ultimately deserved draw was therefore secured.
- Arnold became only the third player to score and own goal and miss a penalty in a Bundesliga game after Stefan Kuntz in 1991 and Mario Basler in 2000.
- Wolfsburg are now winless in their last five Bundesliga fixtures on home soil (D3, L2).
- Wolfsburg had more shots than any over fixture this season (23).
- Berisha scored just his second goal away from home this season.
- Having lost their last five away games in the Bundesliga, Augsburg avoided setting an unwanted club record of six.
- Augsburg scored in the second minute of play for the second consecutive away match (after a 5-3 defeat at Bayern Munich).
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Wolfsburg: Casteels - Baku (Paredes 60'), Lacroix, Van de Ven, Otavio - Svanberg (F. Nmecha 46'), Arnold (c), Gerhardt (Wind 60') - Wimmer (Cozza 75'), Marmoush (Waldschmidt 66'), Kaminski
Subs: Pervan, Bornauw, Guilavogui, Pejcinovic
Out: Fischer (muscular), Franjic (muscular) L. Nmecha (knee)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Gumny, Bauer, Gouweleeuw (c) (Veiga 70'), Iago - Maier, Engels (Baumgartlinger 90+1'), Rexhbecaj, Vargas (Pedersen 46') - Berisha (Cardona 70'), Beljo (Jensen 88')
Subs: Koubek, Veiga, Mbuku, Caligiuri, Sarenren Bazee
Out: Demirovic (suspended), Dorsch (nose), Hahn (knee), Oxford (suspended), Strobl (cruciate ligament), Yeboah (ankle)
Coach: Enrico Maaßen
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