Wolfsburg left it late but nevertheless managed to earn a fifth consecutive draw under new coach Martin Schmidt after Felix Uduokhai's stoppage-time header gave the Wolves a point in a 1-1 stalemate at home to Hoffenheim on Sunday evening.
Goals: 0-1 Demirbay (pen. 73'), 1-1 Uduokhai (90+1')
There was a frenetic opening at the Volkswagen Arena, with Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels forced into a fine one-on-one save against Florian Grillitsch in the second minute, before Oliver Baumann saved Maximilian Arnold's penalty shortly afterwards following a foul on Divock Origi. The latter went closest to breaking the deadlock in an entertaining first 45 minutes, but saw his fierce shot cannon back off the post.
Hoffenheim gradually exerted greater pressure in the second half, going close on a number of occasions before finally making their dominance count as Kerem Demirbay made no mistake from the penalty spot following a clumsy foul by Marcel Tisserand. Mario Gomez made his comeback from injury for the hosts, but it was from a rather more unlikely source that Wolfsburg snatched a point, as Uduokhai headed in an equaliser from a corner to give the Wolves a fifth successive draw.
Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh, Uduokhai, Tisserand, Itter (Gerhardt 81') – Camacho (c), Arnold – Blaszczykowski, Didavi, Dimata (Malli 57') - Origi (Gomez 70')
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Posch (Akpoguma 46'), Vogt (c), Hübner - Kaderabek, Grillitsch (Polanski 82') Demirbay, Zuber (Schulz 69') - Uth, Wagner, Kramaric
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
- Arnold took his first-ever penalty in the Bundesliga - and missed it.
- Three of the last four penalties Oliver Baumann has faced have been missed.
- Uduokhai scored his first ever Bundesliga goal in this match.
- Hoffenheim's Kevin Akpoguma made his Bundesliga appearance in this game - the 25th player to feature for Julian Nagelsmann's side in the league in 2017/18.
- Gomez made his comeback from injury here, his first appearance since 9 September in the 1-1 draw with Hannover.
- Demirbay took - and scored - his first-ever penalty in the Bundesliga.
Watch: Wolfsburg's Uduokhai on netting his maiden Bundeslga goal