Abu Dhabi - VfL Wolfsburg, Hamburger SV and Bundesliga fans were delivered a treat by the official YouTube channel of the Bundesliga on Friday as their mid-season friendlies were streamed live.
VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 RSC Anderlecht
Both Bundesliga sides warmed up for the second half of the season with positive results, although there was some bad news for the Red Shorts in the shape of a worrying injury.
bundesliga.com summarises the two matches, which were both available on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel and highlghts of which can be seen below.
VfL Wolfsburg bounced back from their 3-2 loss against Vitesse Arnheim earlier in the week with victory over RSC Anderlecht by the same scoreline. Both sides took their time brushing off the festive cobwebs in the encounter, but it was the Belgian giants who found their feet first as Aleksandar Mitrovic broke the offside trap only to curl his effort off the post with Diego Benaglio beaten. However, the 19-year-old forward went one better just past the half hour mark, drilling an shot in at the near post to give Anderlecht a narrow half-time lead.
The Wolves had looked rusty for much of the first half, which led to head coach Dieter Hecking making three changes during the break with Timm Klose, Marcel Schäfer and Bas Dost entered the fray. The alterations made the desired impact soon after as Dost prodded home on the rebound for his third goal in two games when Silvio Proto spilled Luiz Gustavo's initial shot. With just under 20 minutes remaining, Brazilian defender Naldo handed Wolfsburg the lead for the first time, rising highest to head home from a corner. The Wolves had to endure a few nervous moments when Demy de Zeeuw levelled the scores, but handled the pressure well as Naldo bagged his brace, sticking out his right leg to turn home a Diego free-kick two minutes from time and secure Wolfsburg's first win in 2014.
Hamburger SV 0-0 Vitesse
Hamburger SV were held to a 0-0 draw by Dutch side Vitesse, but the result was insignificant with the news of what looks like a serious injury to . The 23-year-old midfielder Beister appeared to get his foot caught in the ground and twist his knee, falling down in agony, his screams indicating the severity of the injury. He had provided the first big chance of the game in the seventh minute when he teed up , whose shot stung the palms of the Vitesse goalkeeper.
Aside from a free-kick on the half-hour mark, the best of the rest of the chances fell to Vitesse, who were perhaps closer to victory. Bertrand Traore sent in a volley from 40 yards which only just cleared the crossbar and landed on the roof of the net before Patrick van Aanholt shot just wide of far post with only Drobny to beat. Mahamadou Diarra saw another volley saved well by the industrious Czech keeper, but the result ultimately played second fiddle to Beister's misfortune.