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City end tour with Wolfsburg draw

19 July 2018

Norwich City pulled off a solid 1-1 draw against Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in the last match of their pre-season tour in Germany.

City took an early lead after a neat finish by Onel Hernandez and were much the better side in the first-half against their Bundesliga opponents.

Wolfsburg improved after the interval and equalised with ten minutes remaining when Joshua Guilavogui headed home from a set-piece and 1-1 was how it finished in Barsinghausen.

Daniel Farke started with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Michael McGovern coming in in-goal behind a back four of Felix Passlack, Christoph Zimmermann, Timm Klose and James Husband. Tom Trybull anchored a midfield four of Ben Marshall, Moritz Leitner, Marco Stiepermann and Onel Hernandez with Dennis Srbeny up-front.

City had the better of the first-half despite Wolfsburg going closest early on when Admir Mehmedi curled way over after the ball kindly deflected to him.

But after a patient attack, the Canaries were ahead on six minutes. The ball was eventually worked to Trybull on the edge of the box and his strike was well-controlled by Hernandez before he dispatched low into the far bottom corner.

It could have easily been two moments later. Marshall set Stiepermann away on a surging run and he dragged the ball onto his left before shooting narrowly wide of goal from the edge of the area.

Wolfsburg then settled into the game and had the lion’s share of possession, without really threatening McGovern in the City goal. Instead it was Tom Trybull who next went close but his strike was dealt with well by Phillip Menzel.

The German side completely changed their eleven at the break and posed much more of a threat, going close twice in quick succession just past the hour mark.

First a deep cross by Renato Steffen was met by Marvin Stefaniak but his header was held well by McGovern. Then Trybull was unusually dispossessed in his own half, allowing Rich Bazoer to sprint forward with the ball but his effort was wasted.

Teemu Pukki, Kenny McLean and Jordan Rhodes were all introduced in the second-half and it looked as if City were going to hold out for an impressive pre-season victory but Wolfsburg managed to equalise with just ten minutes left on the clock. A dinked free-kick was nodded across the face of goal and headed home by Guilavogui, despite City protesting for a foul.

Despite being on the backfoot for most of the second-half, City ended with a flourish with young substitutes Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell looking bright but they couldn’t quite find a winner.

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