Freiburg (AP) – The next goal of the record scorer was not enough. SC Freiburg and VfL Wolfsburg split 1: 1 (1: 1) at the end of the second match day of the Bundesliga.
Striker star Nils Petersen brought the Breisgauers into the lead in the eleventh minute, but Josip Brekalo (42nd) scored in front of 3200 spectators to equalize. The Freiburg team missed the victory they had hoped for in their first home game in three months, but four out of six possible points mean a respectable start to the season. VfL, who are also challenged in the Europa League qualification, are still waiting for their first league victory in the new season, but remained unbeaten in their fifth competitive game.
“It doesn’t feel so good at the moment. It already hurt today,” admitted SC sports director Jochen Saier in an interview with Sky. Nevertheless, one can be “satisfied because we see that something is growing together again.” Captain Christian Günter praised his team for a “very, very good game. We can decide this game – but we have to live with the point.”
Freiburg, where Baptiste Santamaria, who signed up for around ten million euros from the French first division club SCO Angers one and a half weeks ago, was in the starting line-up and made a strong debut, took advantage of their first chance to lead – just like in the 3-2 on matchday one in Stuttgart. Just like there after a standard situation. And just like there through Petersen. Torgarant headed a corner from Vincenzo Grifo from the right side from an acute angle into the short corner. In the past season, dormant balls were one of the sports club’s great strengths.
The Wolfsburg, where substitute goalkeeper Pavao Pervan stepped in for Koen Casteels (knee problems) at short notice and so were a total of eight new players in the starting line-up compared to the 2-0 win against Desna Tschernihiw in the Europa League qualification on Thursday, took the lead after Freiburg -Gate difficult. After the hosts had more chances through Grifo (25th, 28th), they equalized. A free kick by Brekalo from the edge of the penalty area was deflected by the Freiburg Wall and hit directly under the crossbar to make it 1-1.
“We have to be happy with the point today,” said Brekalo. “We just gave Freiburg too many corners and free kicks – and Freiburg does a lot about standards.”
In the second half it went back and forth at first. Wolfsburg’s Yannick Gerhardt failed with a kick (48th), a goal by SC striker Lucas Höler was rightly not recognized because of offside (57th). In the 64th minute, Freiburg’s Santamaria slammed the ball from almost 20 meters into the right post, five minutes later his teammate Jonathan Schmid circled a free kick over it from a promising position.
The longer the game lasted, the closer the Badeners got to the winning goal. But again Santamaria (77th) and substitute Woo-Yeong Jeong (82nd) left good chances and thus two possible further points. Endurance runner Höler missed another huge chance to 2-1 in stoppage time – and thus to a well-deserved home win.