Wolves midfielder Maximilian Arnold needed little time to make his mark, the 18-year-old collecting from Ricardo Rodriguez and rifling an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner after 13 minutes. Hoffenheim had offered little, but when Rodriguez was adjudged to have fouled Sven Schipplock, Sejad Salihovic stepped up to stick the ensuing spot-kick beyond the reach of Diego Benaglio for 1-1.
Bend it like Beck
Wolfsburg set about their task in determined fashion after the restart, with second-half substitute Alexander Madlung’s bullet header forcing the best out of Hoffenheim guardian Koen Casteels, before Andreas Beck’s 18-yard bolt from the blue fired Gisdol’s visitors into a surprise lead.
The twelfth-placed hosts probed for a way back into the contest in the latter stages and got their just reward when Naldo powered home a Rodriguez corner to leave Hoffenheim six points from safety.
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