Simon Kjaer (2nd l.) levelled matters for Wolfsburg
Simon Kjaer (2nd l.) levelled matters for Wolfsburg

Leverkusen held to a draw by Wolfsburg

Leverkusen - A second-half revival earned VfL Wolfsburg a share of the spoils with a 1-1 draw at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Kjaer at the other end

Coming into the game on the back of last weekend's4-1 Rhine derby victory at Fortuna Düsseldorf, Leverkusen quickly settled into their rhythm, continuously passing their way towards the Wolves' goal. It was Simon Kjaer's defensive blunder that provided some early drama, however, as Andre Schürrle volleyed Lars Bender's pin-point cross in for the opener after 12 minutes.

Leverkusen's top goalscorer Stefan Kießling could have twice doubled the lead for the hosts, who had nine German players in their starting line-up, but he failed to get the better of Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio on both occasions. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, were unable to offer much going forward before the break.

The visitors had more of a spring in their step after Sidney Sam had given them an early warning just after the restart, and their disciplined back line restricted the hosts to long-range efforts while showing some of the attacking spirit Dieter Hecking's men had been lacking beforehand. The breakthrough came in the 70th minute when Kjaer netted Ricardo Rodriguez's cross. The match could have gone either way in the final stages with chances at both ends, Kießling coming particularly close when he forced a brilliant save out of Benaglio, but both sides had to settle for the draw.

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