It wasn’t to be yet again. Despite leading twice in Frankfurt, the Wolves couldn’t hold on for the three points as their winless run extended to eight games. The hosts’ second equaliser was scored in stoppage time by ex-Wolfsburg man Omar Marmoush, after Maxence Lacroix (2’) and January signing Kevin Behrens (36’) had put Niko Kovac’s men in front either side of Philipp Max’s goal (14’). VfL have now shared the points in six of their last seven matches.
The 32 teams are divided into four pots. Pot one consists of the reigning champion (Manchester City), the UEFA Europa League winner (Sevilla) and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations; pots two to four are determined using the club coefficient ranking list.
After the ball hit the back of the net five times at the wohninvest WESERSTADION on Saturday afternoon, Werder came away with a hard-fought point from the 1-1 draw against SV Darmstadt 98. The Green-Whites took the lead through an own goal by Zimmermann (8’), which was followed up by a Darmstadt equaliser courtesy of Justvan in the 33rd minute. SVW were able to breathe a sigh of relief in the second half not once, but twice, in particular when the visitors’ winner in the dying seconds was disallowed due to a handball in the build-up.