Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig – Liveblog

Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig – Liveblog

90+3 That's it the first leg is over. Wolfsburg will take a 1:0 aggregate lead to Braunschweig. Mario Gomez's first half penalty the only separation


That’s it the first leg is over. Wolfsburg will take a 1:0 aggregate lead to Braunschweig. Mario Gomez’s first half penalty the only separation between these two sides. Braunschweig can take a lot of heart from this display, it’s not over yet — There’s still another 90 minutes to play until the end of the “180 minutes of hell”. From the Volkswagen Arena — Good night

90+1 Min

Reichel fires in a shot from 25 yards for the visitors and Casteels makes his first real save of the night — comfortable

90 Min

The fourth official holds up the board, we’re having an additional three (3) minutes. Is there time for one more goal.???

88 Min

A cynical hack by Gustavo sees him enter the referee’s book – a deserved yellow card

85 Min

We’re into the last five here in the Volkswagen Arena. Can Braunschweig create just one quality opportunity and find a goal to heap the pressure on Wolfsburg for leg two?

83 Min

Wolfsburg substitution – OFF Daniel Didavi ON Ashkan Dejagah — Divadi has had a good night and wow, Dejagah gets a rapturous reception.

78 Min

I’d plumped for 2:1 Wolfsburg in the preview, don’t think we’ll get that, it’s very tight and a little moody, tempo breaking fouls making their way in from both teams. Disruption of each others play looks to be in full effect.

71 Min

Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig substitutions

Braunschweig – OFF Kumbela ON Zuck

Wolfsburg – OFF Guilavogui ON Arnold

66 Min

Braunschweig have the chance to break but substitute Kumbela picks the wrong option. That was a decent opportunity for the visitors to mount a rare attack.

64 Min

Mario Gomez’s first half penalty still separates the sides here in the Volkswagen Arena. It’s a midfield battle at the moment.

59 Min

Divadi goes close, unmarked in the box he guides his header into the hands of the Braunschweig goalkeeper, Jasmin Fejic — Once again Die Wölfe are knocking……….. knock knock

54 Min

Wolfsburg pen Braunschweig inside their own 18 yard box, Gomez almost gets a second — His header thwarted by Fejzic who dives to his right and tips it clear

52 Min

Joshua Guilavogui picks up a yellow card, a bit of a daft foul in a nothing area

50 Min

A lightening break by Wolfsburg and Malli plays in Didavi, who rounds Fejzic, but just fires it wide into the side netting.

48 Min

The travelling Braunschweig fans are roaring their team on, the noice is incredible from the 2.Bundesliga boys.

47 Min

Half time substitution for Wolfsburg — The impressive Ntep makes way for Vieirinha

46 Min

Braunschweig kick off, Boland gets the game going again. What is The Lion’s response? Can The Wolves get a second or will the goals dry up?

Half Time

The teams are almost back out — Aside to the game Wolfsburg served potentially the best Currywurst I’ve had all week at half time. Super Gut.. !

Half Time  — Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig (o:1)

The hosts just edge a fascinating, if not nervous half thanks to a 35 minute penalty by Mario Gomez. It looks to have been the correct decision. Valsvik’s arm was left out, he can have little complaint. Can Die Löwen regroup at half time and come out fighting?

44 Min

Wolfsburg break and it’s three on two but Divadi can’t find the right ball to Gomez

42 Min

Ntep drives at pace down the Wolfsburg left, he’s becoming a pain in the neck now for Braunschweig

40 Min

Gomez wins another free kick, right side, 20 yards out. The Wolves are on top now, Eintracht have stepped back, Lieberknecht tries to get them going from the side.

35 Min

TOOOORRRRRRRRRRR – Gomez dispatches the penalty with ease, Wolfsburg take the lead close to half time — 1:0

34 Min

PENALTY – Wolfsburg

The referee correctly spots a handball by Valsvik – Gomez steps up…

29 Min

Wolfsburg are knocking on the door, they just can’t find that final pass. Gomez almost released in the area, it clips his back heel and bounces away.

24 Min

The Braunschweig travelling fans take it up a notch inside the Volkswagen Arena — Their team has found their feet, it’s becoming a thrilling contest

22 Min

OH MY how has Mirko Boland missed that, it’s a free header from 3 yards — Braunschweig go very very close

20 Min

Malli fires in a free kick from the left side of the pitch, it worries Fejzic, who scrambles across his goal, but it takes a slight deflection — Goal kick

16 Min

Corner for Wolfsburg, the first of the night. Malli will take it — it’s easily cleared a poor delivery

15 Min

We’ve had the first 15 minutes — Limited opportunities for both sides but the passion is evident. It has all the feel of a cup game.!

13 Min

First yellow card of the night for EBS captain Ken Reichel — callously hacks down Malli

 12 Min

Wolfsburg have settled the better here, but Braunschweig have a free kick right side 30 yards out.. It comes to nothing, a wasted opportunity. Knoche clears easily

10 Min

Yunus Malli fires a long diagonal ball into the box, it’s dangerous but nothing comes of it

8 Min

Braunschweig are tackling hard — Nyman gets a ticking off, nothing more

6 Min

An acrobatic attempt from inside the box by Daniel Didavi comes to nothing, good technique though.! 0:0 still

4 Min

It is an electric start here by both sides — neither want to sit back

3 Min

EBS with a free kick right side, almost in the corner. The referee wants it retaken, he hadn’t blown the whistle.

1 Min

Gomez wins a free kick, left side in a dangerous position. Yunus Malli fires it in but it’s just beyond the attackers on the back post.

Kick Off.!

Mario Gomez gets the game underway, It’s WOB to start.

Kick Off -2 Min

The teams are out the fans are loud… Survival or promotion awaits.!

Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig Kick Off -10 Min

We are 10 minutes from Kick Off – Mario Gomez has commented to German TV that “We’ll come out on top… we’re the better team” — Confident.!

Kick Off -20 Min

Who will win this first leg tie? Cast your vote over on our twitter page NOW!

Kick Off -34 Min

AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” blasts out across the PA system here inside the Volkswagen Arena — If the player’s are not ready I certainly am. I’ve got my boots Andries!

Kick Off -37 Min

The noise has gone up a notch. Not yet full the Volkswagen Arena welcomes both teams onto the pitch. Both sets of fans seem ready, will both sets of players handle the pressure?

Kick Off -45 Min

There’s 45 minutes to go before kick off. The lineups are out and both of our players to watch feature. There’s also just enough time read our preview if you haven’t had a chance yet.!

Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Braunschweig – Promotion/Relegation Preview

Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig

We are in place and awaiting what promises to be a thrilling encounter as the Bundesliga’s third from bottom side, VfL Wolfsburg, take on the third placed side from 2.Bundesliga, Eintracht Braunschweig. Full match commentary will be available here on our liveblog !!

The Futbolgrad Network is at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg to bring you our Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig promotion/relegation playoff liveblog.

Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig Buildup

Often described as the 180 minutes of hell the promotion/relegation playoffs will determine the final starter of the 2017-18 Bundesliga season. This season’s playoffs has Wolfsburg pitted against Braunschweig. Separated by just 35km, and sponsored by Volkswagen, there is a strong rivalry between the two clubs. The two clubs, therefore, do not only play for the right to compete in the Bundesliga next season, but also for regional supremacy.

We are live to follow Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig from the Volkswagen Arena. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

We are live to follow Wolfsburg vs Braunschweig from the Volkswagen Arena. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)