Thorgan Hazard and Alassane Plea both continued their scoring runs for Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday but it was not enough to take all three points as the Foals were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by a resilient Wolfsburg side.
Wolfsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goals: 0-1 Plea (7'), 1-1 Steffen (12'), 1-2 Hazard (48'), 2-2 Weghorst (59')
Gladbach summer signing Plea had scored three times in his four previous league outings coming into this game, but Wolfsburg seemingly didn't do their homework on him as the Frenchman was allowed to add to his tally early on, curling an eye-catching shot into the top corner after cutting in from the left. The visitors' lead was short-lived, however, as Renato Steffen drilled in the equaliser from the edge of the box moments later. The teams continued to trade blows throughout an entertaining first half, but aside from a disallowed Wout Weghorst goal there were few clear-cut chances before the interval.
The match followed an almost identical pattern in the second period as Gladbach struck early once again, this time Hazard finishing off a swift counter-attack following a mazy run by Patrick Herrmann. Unfazed, the Wolves did not need long to claw their way back into the game, with Weghorst drifting across Matthias Ginter to lash home Yunus Malli's cross from the right. The hosts looked the more likely side to grab a winner in the closing stages but the closest they came was when John Brooks headed just over from a corner. It would have been harsh on Gladbach to have returned home with nothing to show for their efforts, the draw a fair result overall.
- After failing to score at all in 16 appearances last term, Steffen now has two goals in six games this season.Plea has seven goals and an assist in seven competitive appearances for Borussia since joining from Nice over the summer.Gladbach have scored in each of their last 12 consecutive Bundesliga games - the joint longest current streak of any top-flight side (alongside Hertha Berlin).Germany international Lars Stindl was back in the Gladbach squad for the first time since the end of April after recovering from a ligament injury. Hazard has now found the net in three consecutive Bundesliga matches for the first time ever. USA international Fabian Johnson played his first 16 Bundesliga games for Wolfsburg, scoring one goal.
Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – William, Knoche, Brooks, Rousillon – Steffen (Gerhardt 90'), Camacho, Arnold (Rexhbecaj 72'), – Brekalo, Weghorst (Ginczek 82'), Malli
Unused subs: Pervan, Verhaegh, Blaszczykowski, Uduokhai
Absentees: Azzaoui (knee), Guilavogui (cruciate ligament), Klaus (pubic bone)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Gladbach: Sommer (c) – Elvedi, Lang (Jantschke 74'), Ginter, Wendt – Zakaria, Kramer, Neuhaus (Cuisance 73') – Hazard, Plea (Traore 82'), Herrmann
Unused subs: Sippel, Strobl, Stindl, Johnson
Absentees: Drmic (back), Raffael (calf), Villalba (thigh)
Coach: Dieter Hecking