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Volkswagen Arena (ATT 25,225) 22nd September 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Schmidt

Wolfsburg Wolfsburg vs Greuther Furth Greuther Furth

Wolfsburg 1

I Olic (42)


Greuther Furth 1

E Pogatetz (og 27)

Wolfsburg stumble at home again

Last Updated: 23/09/12 12:48pm

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Ivica Olic celebrates his equaliser

Ivica Olic celebrates his equaliser

Wolfsburg failed to win in front of their own fans once again as they were held 1-1 by a gritty Greuther Furth.

Emanuel Pogatetz gifted the visitors the lead with an own goal in the 27th minute, but Ivica Olic spared the Wolves' blushes three minutes before half-time.

Wolfsburg searched for a winner in the second half, but were nearly caught out late on as Furth hit the woodwork.

Bas Dost, returning to the Wolfsburg side after injury, was denied the chance to put Wolfsburg in front in the 20th minute when the linesman's flag cut short his route to goal

Seven minutes later, a long punt forwards from Max Grun saw Pogatetz initially leave the ball for his goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

Furth debutant Ilir Azemi raced in between the pair and managed to cause enough of a nuisance for Pogatetz to make contact with the ball with his shoulder and divert it past his own goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

The home fans were starting to become restless, sensing a repeat of their humiliating defeat to Hannover a few weeks ago, and the pressure appeared to be getting to the Wolfsburg players.

That pressure was lifted in perhaps the only way possible in such circumstances, with a goal which was not scored the easy way.

Dost headed the ball down to Thomas Kahlenberg, who only had the goalkeeper to beat but he managed to find the crossbar from close range.

Fortunately for him and Wolfsburg, the ball bounced back out to Olic, who headed in the rebound to bring the Wolves level before the break.

Naldo was the unlikely source of Wolfsburg's first shot on goal in the second half, but his free-kick was saved easily by Max Grun.

Felix Magath's side were improving, though, and Diego tried to carve openings for his team-mates, albeit in vain.

In the end, Sercar Sararer almost had the last laugh when he hit the post as Wolfsburg risked falling to a second successive home defeat.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 29 42
6 FC Augsburg 29 42
7 Werder Bremen 29 38
8 Hoffenheim 29 37
9 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 29 25