Ingolstadt - Promoted FC Ingolstadt 04 picked up the first home point of their Bundesliga history after holding 2014/15 runners-up VfL Wolfsburg to a goalless draw at the Audi-Sportpark on Matchday 4.
Wolfsburg newcomer Dante had a big say in breaking up Ingolstadt’s ad hoc attacks early in the game, while Julian Draxler showed his trademark endeavour at the other end on his first start since joining the club from FC Schalke 04 on deadline day. The best chance of an edgy first half, however, fell to Bas Dost, who curled wide after a mistake by Ingolstadt defender Marvin Matip.
The first shot on target came soon after the restart, with Roger firing straight down the throat of returning Wolfsburg custodian Diego Benaglio. The visitors responded in kind through Dost and Luiz Gustavo, before Draxler stung the palms of Ramazan Özcan with a rising 18-yard drive. Nicklas Bendtner and Max Kruse entered the fray for Dieter Hecking’s men, but a resolute Ingolstadt defence ensured the contest ended all square.
Man of the match
Dante left reigning champions FC Bayern München in search of regular first-team football, and that appears to be what he’s found at Wolfsburg. Coming into the starting line-up at the expense of Timm Klose, the 31-year-old slotted in seamlessly alongside fellow Brazil-born centre-back Naldo, mopping up a number of promising Ingolstadt forays as well as showcasing his accomplished passing game.
Lacking their usual cut and thrust in attack, Wolfsburg could be forgiven for perhaps having one eye on Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage opener against PFC CSKA Moskva. The Wolves were solid if nothing else, but will need the likes of Draxler, Andre Schürrle, Dost and Kruse to click sooner rather than later if they’re to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
Stats of the match
- Wolfsburg played out their first goalless draw in almost exactly three years (14 September 2012 vs FC Augsburg)
- In the first 15 minutes of the second period, Wolfsburg had more shots on goal (six) than both sides combined in the entire first half
- Wolfsburg forward Kruse has never scored as a substitute