Naples - Despite a battling 2-2 draw in their quarter final second leg at SSC Napoli, VfL Wolfsburg’s 2014/15 UEFA Europa League campaign came to an end after a 6-3 aggregate defeat.

Dieter Hecking’s men, faced with the unprecedented task of having to overturn a 4-1 deficit away from home, competed bravely but could only respond with goals from Timm Klose and Ivan Perisic after Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens had all but secured the Italian side’s progression.

Encouraging opening

The Wolves’ task looked insurmountable from the off, but an energetic start to the match gave the 600 or so travelling fans hope of the most unlikely of passages to the last four. Perisic’s poked effort forced Napoli keeper Mariano Andujar into action inside the opening minute, with the Bundesliga side dominating the first half.

Nicklas Bendtner, scorer of the consolation goal in last week’s first leg, glanced a header just wide and then saw a powerful left-footed drive clawed away by Andujar, while the closest the hosts came to adding to their already handsome lead was a Gonzalo Higuain volley that sailed wide.

Callejon and Mertens seal it

The only thing missing from VfL’s first-half display was a goal, but the opener went Napoli's way in rather fortuitous circumstances. Latching on to Higuain’s pass, Callejon unleashed a shot that took a wicked deflection off Ricardo Rodriguez and sailed over Diego Benaglio’s head into the corner.

When Mertens finished for 2-0 at the second time of asking on 66 minutes, the contest was well and truly ended, although the Lower Saxons salvaged some pride by ensuring the game ended all square thanks to headed efforts from Klose and Perisic. Wolfsburg, who will be back in Europe in the UEFA Champions League next season, must now turn their attentions to finishing the Bundesliga strongly, as well as next Wednesday’s DFB Cup semi-final at third-tier side DSC Arminia Bielefeld.


Napoli: Andujar - Mesto, Raul Albiol, Britos, Ghoulam - Inler, David Lopez - José Callejon, Hamsik (Insigne, 60'), Mertens (Henrique, 82') - Higuain (Zapata, 68')

Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch (Dost, 79'), Naldo, Klose, Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo, Guilavogui (Jung, 75') - Perisic, Arnold, Caligiuri - Bendtner

Goals: 1-0 Callejon (50'), 2-0 Mertens (65'), 2-1 Klose (71'), 2-2 Perisic (73')