ANNOUNCER: Home side will struggle without their talisman from the start of this one. Mario Gomez had never lost to Hoffenheim and had scored seven goals in 10 meetings with them. But after recovering from injury, he was only on the bench for the Wolves.
10 minutes into the game and after a commanding start from Hoffenheim, who were in Europa League action midweek, the first advantage fell against the run of play to the hosts. Stefan Posch brought down Landry Dimata. And the referee pointed to the spot.
Maximilian Arnold took the responsibility for the spot kick himself, the first he'd ever taken-- the sixth Bundesliga penalty save by Oliver Baumann. Divock Origi, on loan from Liverpool to fill in when Gomez is unavailable, didn't see much of the ball, and had only one shot on goal seven minutes before the end of the first half. The Belgium international rattling the aluminum as the home side got to grips with Hoffenheim's pressing tactics.
Wolfsburg fans were more creative with their head attire than their team were on the pitch. Just before the hour mark, Oliver Baumann was able to show his prowess after substitute for the first time since Martin Schmidt took over, Yunus Malli, got on the end of a pull for half pass. The game saw a second penalty awarded with just under 20 minutes to play, as Benjamin Hubner was fouled in the box by Marcel Tisserand.
Referee Felix Zwayer was in no doubt this time. And Kerem Demirbay was provided with the opportunity of putting the visitors in front. He converted the kick with a well-aimed shot to score his first of the campaign. The number 10 made no mistake.
With subbed Mario Gomez on the field and proving a distraction for the Hoffenheim defense, Wolfsburg grabbed a point in the last minute of the game. A first Bundesliga goal for Germany under 20, Felix Uduokhai. And for the second week in a row, Hoffenheim dropped two points at the [INAUDIBLE].