Ivan Perisic's hat-trick helped Wolfsburg come from behind to beat Chippa United 4-3 on Sunday (© Imago)
Ivan Perisic's hat-trick helped Wolfsburg come from behind to beat Chippa United 4-3 on Sunday (© Imago)
Bundesliga

Wolfsburg stage remarkable comeback to beat Chippa United

Port Elizabeth - VfL Wolfsburg made it two wins out of two in South Africa as Dieter Hecking’s side came from 3-1 down to beat Chippa United FC 4-3.

Remarkable recovery

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in his starting XI for the first time in Port Elizabeth, but the Wolves looked jaded in the opening stages and fell behind after 25 minutes when Robin Knoche misjudged a long ball forward, allowing George Akapabio to slot home at the near post. Nicklas Bendtner missed a good chance to level matters before the break, but the Dane could only guide his header over the crossbar from point-blank range.

Chippa doubled their advantage with their first attack of the second half, Akapabio dribbling past three VfL defenders before drilling a low shot past Diego Benaglio and into the bottom corner.

Ivan Perisic

then pulled a goal back for Hecking’s charges with a sublime free-kick, but Siyabulela Shai soon restored Chippa’s two-goal advantage. However, Wolfsburg were never going to give in at the Wolfson Stadium, three goals in the last seven minutes earning the Bundesliga side a dramatic late victory. Perisic’s second strike of the game gave the visitors hope, before youngster Sebastian Stolze restored parity just three minutes from time. Perisic then rounded off a spectacular second-half display with a stoppage-time winner for Wolfsburg.

"Another trophy for the Wolves," says this tweet showing team captain Diego Benaglio with the coveted prize.