VfL Wolfsburg were indebted to goalkeeper Diego Benaglio after coming away from FC Ingolstadt 04's Audi-Sportpark with a 1-1 draw on Matchday 12.
FC Ingolstadt 04 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Goals: 1-0 Jung (31’), 1-1 Caligiuri (78’)
Emboldened after registering their first Bundesliga win of the season last time out, Ingolstadt started brightly as Anthony Jung headed a Markus Suttner cross narrowly past the angle and Moritz Hartmann headed against the woodwork. Ricardo Rodriguez conceded an 18th-minute penalty for a foul on Australia international Mathew Leckie, but Hartmann saw his spot-kick saved by Diego Benaglio in the Wolfsburg goal. Ingolstadt did get the goal their first-half dominance deserved, however, when Jung guided in Hartmann’s cross in the 31st minute. Leckie should have made it two, but was unable to beat Benaglio one-on-one.
Wolfsburg head coach Valerien Ismael introduced Borja Mayoral and Daniel Caliguri at the start of the second half, but the move did little to stem the flowing tide as Marcel Tisserand went agonisingly close to doubling Die Schanzer’s lead from another devilish Suttner cross. Mayoral spurned a glorious opening to haul the Wolves back into the game, before a deflected effort from Caligiuri restored parity 12 minutes from normal time. Ingolstadt rallied, and only a spectacular save from Benaglio to thwart Pascal Groß denied the much-improved Bavarians a last-gasp win.
Man of the match
Saving a first-half penalty and pushing Groß’s late strike onto the woodwork, Benaglio secured Wolfsburg a point they barely deserved.
That’s now four points from two matches for Ingolstadt since Walpurgis took charge. They remain in the bottom two, albeit only two points behind upcoming opponents, 16th-placed SV Werder Bremen.
- Benaglio saved his eighth Bundesliga penalty. Only 17 of the 27 he has faced have found the back of the net.Ingolstadt’s Jung had gone two Bundesliga and 64 Bundesliga 2 matches without a goal before today.Caligiuri scored his first Bundesliga goal in 30 matches.
FC Ingolstadt 04: Hansen - Hasergjonaj, Matip (c), Tisserand, Suttner - Roger, Cohen - Leckie, Groß (Leipertz 90’), Jung (Hinterseer 67’) - Hartmann (Lezcano 76’)
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
VfL Wolfsburg: Benaglio (c) - Seguin, Bruma, Rodriguez, Gerhardt - Guilavogui, Gustavo - Didavi (Caligiuri 46’), Arnold (Mayoral 46’), Draxler (Schäfer 74’) - Gomez
Coach: Valerien Ismael