Summary

  • Leverkusen come from a goal down at Wolfsburg.
  • Mehmedi and Jedvaj with late goals.
  • Arnold opened the scoring for the Wolves.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen came from a goal down at the Volkswagen Arena to inflict a fifth Bundesliga defeat of the season on VfL Wolfsburg.

VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Goals: 1-0 Arnold (37'), 1-1 Mehmedi (79'), 1-2 Jedvaj (84')

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Leverkusen enjoyed the lion's share of possession for much of the first half, and were unfortunate not to go ahead when Wendell struck the outside of the woodwork in the 19th minute. The visitors continued to attack with purpose, but Wolfsburg began to make in-roads of their own the longer it remained goalless. Mario Gomez went close to scoring his second Bundesliga goal of the season, before Maximilian Arnold met Daniel Caligiuri's precise cross to break the deadlock.

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Undeterred, it was virtually one-way traffic as Leverkusen sought a way back into the game. Germany international Julian Brandt was a constant outlet for the visitors, but found very little joy up against a doggedly resistant Wolfsburg back four. The game was turned on its head in the space of five minutes, however, as Kevin Kampl played in Benjamin Henrichs to tee up Admir Mehmedi for a deserved equaliser. Tin Jedvaj made the most of some hesitant defending to complete the comeback moments later.

Makeshift Wolfsburg centre-back Ricardo Rodriguez (l.) was kepy bust throughout the contest. © gettyimages / Martin Rose

Man of the Match

Kampl showed exactly why he is the only Leverkusen player to have completed every single minute of competitive action so far this season with another industrious display in midfield. The Slovenia international also demonstrated his creative side in the build-up to Mehmedi's equaliser.

Talking Point

A potential turning point for Leverkusen after two successive defeats, but what of Wolfsburg? The Wolves have not won since besting FC Augsburg on Matchday 1 and remain in deep relegation trouble.

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Match Stats

  • Wolfsburg took the lead for the first time in five home matches this season.
  • Jedvaj scored his first Bundesliga goal since September 2014.
  • Wolfsburg substitute Hendrik Hansen, 21, made his Bundesliga debut.

Line-ups

Wolfsburg: Casteels - Blaszczykowski, Knoche (Hansen 8’), Rodriguez, Gerhardt - Seguin (Mayoral 87’), Luiz Gustavo - Caligiuri, Arnold, Draxler (Brekalo 78’) - Gomez

Coach: Valerien Ismael

Leverkusen: Leno - Henrichs, Jedvaj, Dragovic, Wendell - Bender (Baumgartlinger 77’), Aranguiz (Havertz 70’) - Brandt, Kampl - Chicharito, Mehmedi (Kießling 87’)

Coach: Roger Schmidt