Fourth test match for VfL Wolfsburg and its new coach Mark van Bommel (44), third defeat. On Saturday evening VfL lost 1: 4 (1: 2) to the French ex-champions and Europa League participants Olympique Lyon, ex-Hamburg keeper Julian Pollersbeck was in the French goal.
Third loss in a row
After the 0: 3 against second division promoted Hansa Rostock and the 0: 1 against Holstein Kiel, the wolves had to swallow the third test disappointment in a row. However, the wolves were still missing Wout Weghorst, Xaver Schlager, Pavao Pervan, Admir Mehmedi (became a father for the third time), Kevin Mbabu and Josip Brekalo, who have extended holidays after participating in the European Championship.
Already in the eighth month Lyon let it crash with Wolfsburg support. The French leverage the poorly staggered VfL defense, which acts without pressure and with a pass into the depths, Toko-Ekambi plays Wolfsburg keeper Casteels and pushes in for the lead. 12 minutes later, Lyons Cherki hits the outside post.
Dembele does better in the 29th minute because Wolfsburg helps again. Lyon once again received no pressure from the VfL professionals, Lacroix falsified Dembele’s shot from the edge of the penalty area – Lyon’s second goal.
In return, the German Champions League participant sends his first sign of life. Gerhardt licks the ball from Lyon and sends Joao Victor. Ginczek used his flat pass from five meters to 1: 2.
The turn? No! Lyon also benefits from Wolfsburg’s passivity in the second round. Toko-Ekambi made his brace with a header from eleven meters perfect (55th).
A third goal is denied Toko-Ekambi, because assists Cornet is offside (61.). Lyon puts the lid on with a fouler. Wissa defeated Casteels to 1: 4 (83rd). Van Bommel afterwards: “It’s never nice to lose. I think we didn’t play badly. But made too many individual mistakes. “
There is work waiting for van Bommel and the VfL squad, who will land in Graz on Sunday with the team on flight GER367 at 11.40 a.m., then have to work through deficits in the training camp in Bad Waltersdorf by next Saturday.
Olympique Lyon: Pollersbeck – Gusto (76. Koné), Marcelo (76. Cola), Lukena (76. Lomami), Cornet (76. Diop) – Casqueret (76. Bonnet), Jean Lucas (76. Felix), Aouar (46. Pape Cheikh, 76. Wissa) – Toko Ekambi (76.Wissa), Dembélé (76. Lega), Cherki (76. Nsombi)
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Otavio, Lacroix, Brooks (78. Pongracic), Roussillon (78. Beifuß) – Guilavogui (78. Pohlmann), Gerhardt – Steffen (78. Hernandez-Foster), Philipp (78. Rexhbecaj), Victor – Ginczek (78 . Stefaniak).