Geert Vanden Wijngaert
Champions League

Sting in the tail for Wolfsburg after über-cool Draxler brace tilts tie their way

The Belgians looked dead and buried, but two goals in the last 10-minutes made it a one-goal tie.

GENT CLAWED BACK two late goals against Wolfsburg tonight to turn an impossible three-goal chasm into a slender deficit for the return leg in Germany.

The Belgian club will see the positive side of a 2 – 3 home defeat in the Champions Legaue last 16 as they trailed 3- 0 with 10 minutes remaining.

Sven Kums reignited the tie with a finish into the bottom corner. Then, in the last minute of normal time Kalifa Coulibaly powered in front of Wolfsburg defender Dante to head  Kenneth Saief’s dangerous cross at the near post.

For most of the second half,  it had looked set to be a perfect away performance from Wolfsburg. Julian Draxler coolly guided in the opening goal of the night minutes before half-time, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way after dribbling to the edge of the area.

Eight minutes after the restart, Draxler doubled up with a terrific chip after stealing possession in the final third.

Christian Träsch’s cross on the hour mark then found Max Kruse, whose clinical finish seemed to have put the tie beyond all doubt.

Yet Gent’s late rally means there is still a bit of work to be done in the return leg.

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