Labbadia sees 2:2 in regionalliga top match

Labbadia sees 2:2 in regionalliga top match

VfL II stood up to the equal points leaders of the regional soccer league, but missed the chance to at least briefly outstrip Hamburger SV II, which has played three games less. In front of 382 spectators at the AOK Stadium, Wolfsburg's U23s only managed a 2-2 (0-0) draw against HSV's reserves under the watchful eye of professional coach Bruno Labbadia despite good chances.

The thermometer showed minus 6 degrees, the perceived temperature was even lower. And on the pitch, there was initially little to warm the spectators at the AOK Stadium. The partly snow-covered ground made a soccer treat difficult to watch. At first, the guests from Hamburg coped better with the conditions, and they had the first good chance with Toerles Knoll's header (17.). The hosts needed something, would have through Gian-Luca Itter, whom Murat Saglam had released, just before the break the huge chance to take the lead – but the young professional shot over (43.). Itter and Elvis Rexhbecaj were two reasons why Labbadia also took a seat in the stands and took a close look at the young talent for the first time. The duo should gain match practice at the U23. But the exclamation points in the VfL game were set by others.

Although HSV II took the lead, Murat Saglam (52) turned the game around within five minutes.) and Marian Sarr (56./Hartz's second goal of the game, from a free kick, was two shots of art, and the game was now being played with an open mind. Knoll scored just a little later to make it 2-2 after beating three Wolfsburg players in the penalty area (63.). Rexhbecaj then had a great opportunity to score the winning goal in the final phase, but shot over with his left (80).). "The chances were there, but in the end it was a fair 2:2," he complained afterwards. VfL coach Rudiger Ziehl saw "a very intense game and advertising for the Regionalliga."

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