Up to the 83. In the first minute, it looked as if VfL Wolfsburg would get a point in its home match against Werder Bremen – at least. For after the 2:2, the hosts were the ones pressing. But then Josip Brekalo lost the ball in the visitors' penalty area, resulting in the 2:3 and the defeat. It was the "highlight" of an evening to forget for the Wolfsburg team.
Instead of passing the ball, Brekalo was eager to finish off himself. "He wanted to decide the game for us," VfL coach Oliver Glasner said, diplomatically adding, "I could say that other options would have been better." But, the Austrian continued, "we should also have been better secured". And that is exactly the point that is currently causing Glasner the most headaches in his team's game. He explained, "It is not so difficult to play attacking soccer. But to have a good balance, that is difficult. We didn't have her in a few scenes."
The situation that led to the 3:2 was by no means the only one in which Wolfsburg's backward movement after losing the ball looked – to put it mildly – less than ideal. Werder's 2:1 had fallen when William lost the ball in his own half after a bad pass by Robin Knoche. Glasner's conclusion: "The first goal was decided by the referee, the others were our own fault. And when you get three goals against, it's hard to win."
The 0:1 from Wolfsburg's point of view was due to a penalty kick. Josuha Guilavogui had the ball in his hand. It had been the first use of the video assistant, others followed. This is how Jeffrey Bruma's goal in the 61. The goal was disallowed in the 57th minute because the Dutchman was just offside – a close, but correct decision. In the 66. minute, in turn, Wolfsburg felt unfairly treated when Wout Weghorst came down in the penalty area, but there was no whistle.
"The team had to cope with a lot," said VfL managing director Jorg Schmadtke, summing up both the three-goal deficit and the scenes that were disputed despite video evidence. The 55-year-old has gone from supporter to video evidence skeptic. "Actually, we have introduced the system to have more legal certainty," explained Schmadtke. "My impression is that we don't have that. We always have discussions and do not come to the objectivity. That is not good in the end." If now again the decision for the introduction of video evidence would be pending, "then I would be now rather against it," said Schmadtke.
But the video assistant was not the only reason why VfL couldn't win, as the managing director agrees. "We made one or two mistakes too many. We were badly punished for that," explained Schmadtke, who had seen a Wolfsburg team that actually allowed few Werder chances. But Bremen used almost every. In short, it was an evening to forget for VfL.