Wolfsburg - Fortuna Düsseldorf picked up a precious point from their trip to VfL Wolfsburg on Friday night, although the 1-1 draw leaves both sides stuck in the bottom half of the table.
Bolly on the volley
Mathis Bolly put the visitors in front against the run of play in the first half, but Ivica Olic restored order early in the second. Wolfsburg were unable to build on that goal, however, and had to settle for a draw which leaves them two points above Düsseldorf, but seven adrift of a place in the top six.
Buoyed by their 5-2 win over SC Freiburg last weekend, the Wolves appeared to have rediscovered their bite as they created all the early pressure with Olic failing to bring the ball under his spell in a dangerous position. Fortuna struggled to find a way out of their own half as Dieter Hecking’s side pushed and probed with Yohandry Orozco, making his first appearance since a half-hour cameo on Matchday 2, eager to impress.
Wolfsburg had stamped their authority on proceedings and almost took the lead when Ricardo Rodriguez's third attempt of the evening cannoned back off the post with Fabian Giefer stranded. Boasting the lion's share of possession, all that was lacking was a goal. However, while it did arrive, it also came at the other end of the field as Bolly fired the visitors in front, with an almost identical opener to the one he scored against FC Bayern Munich last weekend.
Wolfsburg collected themselves during the break and after emerging from the changing rooms with a real purpose, levelled the scores soon after the restart. The enterprising Orozco was the provider for Olic, who raced onto the Venezuelan's through ball before finishing through Giefer's legs to score in his third Bundesliga game running. The Croatian almost set-up what would have been a quickfire double soon after, but Giefer was equal to second-half substitute Bas Dost's backheeled attempt.
Fortuna managed to weather the storm and tame the Wolves as their disciplined backline held the hosts to long-range efforts, all of which failed to seriously test Giefer. The visitors weren't without their chances to win the tie though, but while Dani Schahin wasted the best of them by trying to be too fancy, Düsseldorf can take heart from ending a run of five straight defeats on foreign soil.
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