Kukësi - Wolfsburg

Europe: Europa League
Elbasan Arena0-4
Wolfsburg W. Weghorst (21), M. Lacroix (33), W. Weghorst (74), A. Mehmedi (89), A. Mehmedi (90)

Weghorst brace and Casteels penalty save ensure safe passage for Wolfsburg

By Peter Vice

Mission accomplished for Oliver Glasner & Co as they head back to Germany with their Europa League hopes still intact.

Wout Weghorst.
Wout Weghorst.Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

In a tightly contested match that featured eight bookings, VfL Wolfsburg prevailed 4-0 over Albanian side FK Kukesi to advance to the third qualifying round of the 2020/21 Europa League. Oliver Glasner’s team will now face Ukrainian club FC Desna Chernihiv next Thursday at the Volkswagen Arena.

Lead striker Wout Weghorst took advantage of a propitious bounce to open the scoring in the 21st minute. The first tally came very much against the run of play, with the Albanians refusing to shy away from their favored German competitors.

A highly physical match ensued. Central midfielder Maximillian incurred injury. After attempting at first to play through the pain, he was subbed off in the 36th. One minute after newly-acquired center back Maxene Lacroix doubled Wolfsburg’s advantage, Kukesi were awarded a penalty courtesy of a Felix Klaus takedown in the box.

VfL Keeper Koen Casteels deftly saved the spot kick to keep his clean sheet. Kukesi appeals for another penalty on a late challenge by Lacroix were waved off six minutes later.

The Glasner XI were able to conjure up few scoring chances and did look defensively vulnerable. The Albanians came close to getting back into the match with a hit of the crossbar in the 58th.

Eventually, Weghorst would put the issue beyond all doubt with a fine finish off an excellent service from the just-subbed-on Joao Victor. Admir Mehmedi would add the fourth one minute before injury time, after executing a give-and-go with Xaver Schlager.

55Entonjo Elezaj
24Edis Maliki
5Kenan Horić
4Erhun Obanor
22Besir Demiri
17Bruno Telushi
23Besar Musolli ↩60
10Eduart Rroca ↩70
8Vesel Limaj
29Emiljano Musta ↩46
45Patrick Friday Eze
12Dashamir Xhika
18Zenel Gavazaj ↪60
97Godberg Cooper ↪70
15Blerim Kotobelli
32Bruno Lulaj
7Enis Gavazaj
11Albin Gashi ↪46
1Koen Casteels
7Josip Brekalo ↩74
4Maxence Lacroix
23Josuha Guilavogui
6Paulo Otávio
14Admir Mehmedi
27Maximilian Arnold ↩36
24Xaver Schlager
11Felix Klaus ↩68
9Wout Weghorst
8Renato Steffen
12Pavao Pervan
33Daniel Ginczek
40João Victor ↪74
15Jérôme Roussillon ↪68
31Yannick Gerhardt ↪36
10Yunus Mallı
39Tim Siersleben

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