Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half screamer rescued the Wolves a well-deserved point at the Volkswagen Arena after Divock Origi had given the visitors the lead, with Dieter Hecking’s men unable to make their superiority count and missing a host of second-half opportunities.
Wolfsburg settled into their rhythm quickly and moved the ball well in the opening stages, but clear-cut goalscoring chances proved difficult to come by and they were largely restricted to long-range efforts. Ivan Perisic was at the heart of most Wolfsburg's promising efforts, the attacking midfielder seeing his close-range finish denied by a decent save from Lille custodian Vincent Enyeama.
The contest became somewhat more entertaining after the break, though, with Wolfsburg looking the far more threatening side. Josuha Guilavogui forced Enyeama to full-stretch seconds after the restart, before Perisic, Vieirinha, and Nicklas Bendtner all squandered glorious chances for the home side.
De Bruyne belter
Things turned from bad to worse for Wolfsburg 13 minutes from time, however, when Lille took the lead against the run of play thanks to Origi’s spot-kick after Ricardo Rodriguez had handled the ball inside the area.
VfL kept up the pressure, though, and their persistence paid dividends in the 82nd minute, as De Bruyne cracked an unstoppable first-time volley into the top corner from 25 yards. Naldo might have sensationally won it for the Bundesliga outfit with a late header, but Enyeama was there again to preserve a scarcely deserved draw for the visitors.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Jung (Vieirinha, 62’) Naldo, Knoche (Caligiuri, 79’), Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Gustavo - Hunt, De Bruyne, Perisic - Olic (Bendtner, 62’)
Lille: Enyeama - Beria, Kjaer, Basa, Souare (Sidibe, 43’) - Rozehnal - Gueye, Balmont - Corchia, Mendes (Roux, 46’) - Origi (Rodelin, 85’)
Goals: 0-1 Origi (pen 77’), 1-1 De Bruyne (82’)