News : Wolfsburg in the Champions League – sport
A 2-2 in Leipzig is enough for VfL to qualify for the premier class – the fighting strong Leipzigers secure second place in the Bundesliga.
RB Leipzig reported back with a strong fighting performance three days after losing the cup final and secured second place in the final ranking of the current Bundesliga season. The Saxons won 2: 2 (0: 2) against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday after a 2-0 deficit at the break and can therefore no longer be displaced from behind champions Bayern Munich. In the end, the point was enough for Wolfsburg to safely qualify for the upcoming Champions League. Maximilian Philipp (12th) gave Wolfsburg the lead with a dream goal when he hit the ball from 18 meters into the corner. In stoppage time in the first half, he followed up with his fifth goal of the season. Leipzig countered shortly after the break with Justin Kluivert (51st), captain Marcel Sabitzer (78th) equalized with a penalty kick.
RB coach Julian Nagelsmann had changed his team to eight positions compared to the 1: 4 in the cup final against Dortmund. Wolfsburg was the more dangerous and robust team for one half. National player Ridle Baku appeared alone in front of RB keeper Peter Gulacsi, but pushed the ball just past the far post (6th). Philipp then did better when he let the ball slide over the instep after a strong acceptance. Leipzig combined nicely, but lacked a goal danger. VfL was different: Wout Weghorst (25th) simply pulled away from the edge of the penalty area, but his flick smacked against the post. Shortly before the break, Baku Willi Orban danced out on the right side, Philipp spitzed his cross into the goal.
Nagelsmann responded and brought Angeliño and Amadou Haidara. But the connection was done by others. Sabitzer’s long ball found Kluivert, who let Kevin Mbabu get out with two hooks and hit from close range. Wolfsburg looked tired now, Leipzig had more of the game. Then Kluivert (67th) was dangerous after a long ball, but Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels saved strongly. Nagelsmann brought Hee-chan Hwang (69th) for the tired Kluivert. Haidara was then involved in the creation of the compensation. The Malian international was fouled in the penalty area by Paulo Otavio, referee Felix Zwayer decided on a penalty after video evidence. Captain Sabitzer transformed for sure.