Borussia put in a fine performance against Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon but eventually had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw.
Michael Frontzeck made just one enforced change to his team after the good display at Schalke last week (2-2). Roel Brouwers was suspended after his sending-off, so as had been expected Sebastian Schachten came in at left-back, with Filip Daems switching to central defence. Mo Idrissou, who had served his one-match ban from the St Pauli game, began on the bench.
The Foals launched their first promising attack after just three minutes. Raul Bobadilla played a one-two with Marco Reus, but the striker's shot from just outside the area was saved by Diego Benaglio. Two minutes later the Wolves keeper was in action again, gathering a Juan Arango free-kick after Reus had been fouled. Going into the game Frontzeck had said that a team effort was required against Wolfsburg's big-name attack, and his players responded to the call so well that the visitors were unable to register a single chance worthy of note in the opening 25 minutes.
Borussia were the busier side going forward, though a mishit centre by Tobias Levels on the quarter-hour and Arango's curling effort three minutes later could hardly be called clear-cut opportunities. Borussia were also the more aggressive team, so it was all the more surprising when Wolfsburg opened the scoring on 27. Hasebe sent in a cross to the back post and the unmarked Thomas Kahlenberg, who dragged the ball back before netting. It was a bitter pill to swallow, especially as Levels had been hindered to such an extent by Diego in his attempt to clear the ball that the visitors could not have complained had Borussia been awarded a free-kick.
Borussia refused to let the goal unsettle them and stuck to their committed style of play, and just three minutes later Arango headed over after an attempted shot by Reus had been blocked. With 37 minutes gone Patrick Herrmann had to go off with an injury and was replaced by Mo Idrissou. Reus and Bobadilla were then presented with a double chance just before the break, but over-elaborated slightly, and so the visitors went in at half-time with a rather fortunate one-goal lead.
Same pattern after the interval
The pattern remained the same after the restart, with Borussia targeting the Wolfsburg goal from the off. Two minutes in Bobadilla sent a header just over and then, on 49, the industrious Argentine had a shot blocked. Borussia continued to dominate and finally got their reward after 65 minutes. Arango dispatched the ball into the middle to the completely unmarked Thorben Marx, who headed his first Bundesliga goal for the club to level the scores. Wolfsburg were then forced into a change of keeper, with Marvin Hitz replacing the injured Benaglio. And just four minutes later he was almost beaten when Levels lobbed the ball just over the crossbar.
Borussia's determination to win the game was documented by Frontzeck's introduction in the 82nd minute of Igor de Camargo, who thus made his Bundesliga bow after a long injury layoff. The former Standard Liege striker had an opportunity to notch his first goal within three minutes, only to be denied by Barzagli. And De Camargo went even closer on 87 when he headed a Reus corner just wide of the goal.
Michael Frontzeck's side deserve a huge compliment for their showing against the Wolves. Borussia put in a committed attacking performance that really ought to have been rewarded with a win.
Borussia: Bailly – Levels, Anderson, Daems, Schachten – Marx, Bradley – Herrmann (Idrissou 37'), Arango – Reus, Bobadilla (De Camargo 82')
Wolfsburg: Benaglio (Hitz 68'), Pekarik, Kjaer, Barzagli, Schäfer – Hasebe, Riether (Madlung 82'), Kahlenberg (Dejagah 75') – Diego – Grafite, Dzeko
Goals: 0-1 Kahlenberg (27'), 1-1 Marx (65')
Yellow cards: Bradley, Reus - Kahlenberg, Dzeko