There was a flurry of late goals at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday as Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin maintained their perfect starts to the season in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Wolfsburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin
Goals: 0-1 Dilrosun (62'), 1-1 Malli (pen. 87'), 1-2 Duda (90+1'), 2-2 Mehmedi (90+2')
The feel-good factor at the Volkswagen Arena was clearly apparent early on following Wolfsburg's two opening wins, as the Wolves dominated their visitors, pressing high up the pitch and suffocating them deep inside their own half. Jerome Roussillon, Yannick Gerhardt and William all had decent chances for the hosts, but could not force a way past Rune Jarstein in the Hertha goal.
If the guests opted for safety-first tactics in the first 45 minutes - barely able to venture into the Wolfsburg half - they began far more aggressively after the interval, albeit without seriously testing Koen Casteels initially. That all changed around the hour mark when Javairo Dilrosun latched onto a loose pass from William in midfield, sprinted forward and drilled in a low shot from an acute angle. An away win appeared to be on the cards for a well-organised Hertha side, but Wolfsburg deservedly hauled themselves level when Yunus Malli converted from the penalty spot late in the 87th minute. There was more drama to come though, as Hertha's Ondrej Duda scored a superb free-kick in stoppage time, only for Admir Mehmedi to equalise moments later and rescue a point for the Wolves.
- Hertha set a new club record here when they surpassed 200 minutes without conceding at the start of a new Bundesliga season. Dilrosun netted his maiden Bundesliga goal with what was just Hertha's second shot of the game. Malli scored on his first Bundesliga outing of the season, netting his fifth straight penalty. Wolfsburg have never won three consecutive games at the start of a Bundesliga campaign, while Hertha are now unbeaten in their last six meetings with the Wolves.Wolfsburg's Wout Weghorst and Renato Steffen both scored their maiden Bundesliga goals on Matchday 2.USA international defender Brooks was born in Berlin and joined the Hertha youth setup as a 14-year-old in 2007. He went on to make 130 senior appearances for the Old Lady before switching to Wolfsburg in July 2017.
Wolfsburg: Casteels – William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Arnold (c), Gerhardt (Malli 83'), Camacho – Steffen (Ginczek 67'), Weghorst, Brekalo (Mehmedi 63')
Unused subs: Pervan, Verhaegh, Uduokhai, Rexhbecaj
Absentees: Guilavogui, Azzaoui (both knee), Klaus (abdomen)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Hertha: Jarstein – Lazaro, Stark, Torunarigha (Lustenberger 74'), Plattenhardt – Maier, Duda, Grujic – Kalou (Klünter 90'), Ibisevic (c) (Selke 74'), Dilrosun
Unused subs: Smarsch, Skjelbred, Dardai, Jastrzembski
Absentees: Pekarik (knee), Rekik (adductor), Friede (ankle), Darida, Leckie (both fitness), Mittelstädt (muscle problem)
Coach: Pal Dardai
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