VfB got off to a good start and had their first good opportunity in the fifth minute through Tanguy Coulibaly. The Frenchman failed from close range at Heidenheim’s goalkeeper Vitus Eicher, in the follow-up Juan Perea had to lose. Shortly afterwards, Atakan Karazor headed just over the goal from a free kick by Pascal Stenzel (tenth minute), before Enzo Millot just missed his target from 25 meters (twelfth minute). Denis Thomalla had the best opportunity for the guests in the first round. The FCH striker headed over the goal after a cross from Kevin Sessa (27th minute). Shortly before the break, things got tight again on the other side: Pascal Stenzel took his free kick too high from a central position 18 meters (38th minute).
After the break, VfB quickly took the lead through an own goal by Heidenheim (48′). Shortly thereafter, Waldemar Anton made it 2-0 with a long-range shot (55′). Both teams used the remaining playing time to give other players time to play. There weren’t any noteworthy scenes in the goal area, so the score remained 2-0.
Bruno Labbadia, VfB head coach: „We trained well this week and wanted to approach the game against Heidenheim like a competitive game. In the first half we failed to capitalize on our offensive moves. We had good ball wins that we should have made more of. That was the only thing missing in the first 45 minutes. After the change of sides, we managed to score again.”
This is how VfB played
33 Fabian Bredlow (1 Florian Müller, 46.)
2 Waldemar Anton (C) (37 Antonis Aidonis, 75.)
7 Tanguy Coulibaly (31 Gil Dias, 46.)
8 Enzo Millot (25 Lillian Egloff, 65.)
10 Tiago Tomas (22 Chris Fuhrich, 46th)
11 Juan Perea (20 Luca Pfeiffer, 46.)
15 Pascal Stenzel (34 Mattis Hoppe, 79th)
16 Atakan Karazor (47 Luca Bazzoli, 79.)
17 Genki Haraguchi (39 Thomas Kastanaras, 46.)
23 Dan-Axel Zagadou
50 Jonas Weik (30 Ömer Beyaz, 75.)
Test match VfB – 1. FC Heidenheim