Oliver Glasner’s side booked their place in the next round of the cup with a 4-0 win over Sandhausen on Wednesday evening in what was their last competitive match of 2020. Wout Weghorst continued his excellent form with a brace, while Yannick Gerhardt and Joao Victor were also on the scoresheet in a one-sided second-round tie. The Wolves will discover their last-16 opponents on Sunday 3 January – the same day they return to Bundesliga action at Borussia Dortmund following the brief winter break.
Three changes for patched-up Wolves
Glasner made three changes from the team that started in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Stuttgart. Maxence Lacroix became the latest player to test positive for coronavirus earlier in the day, so Jeffrey Bruma came in for his first appearance of the season. In addition, Victor and Daniel Ginczek started in place of Josip Brekalo and Bartosz Bialek.
Wolves in full control
VfL dominated possession right from kick-off at the Volkswagen Arena, and pinned their opponents back in their own half. Gerhardt had the first clear-cut opportunity on 15 minutes, when his shot was blocked on the line after good work down the right by Ridle Baku. A few minutes later, Weghorst was denied by Rick Wulle after being played in, before Ginczek’s low shot was also well saved by the Sandhausen goalkeeper.
Eventually, though, the Green-and-Whites’ pressure paid off when Gerhardt’s shot took a hefty deflection and wrong-footed Wulle. That opened the floodgates and it was 2-0 just a couple of minutes later as Weghorst headed home from Renato Steffen’s precise cross. There was time for one more goal before half-time – and it was a top-quality one, Victor picking up the ball on the right, cutting inside past his man and firing into the net.
Weghorst applies finishing touch
The visitors made a triple substitution at the break but they rarely looked like finding a way back into the contest. Their best chance came in the 65th minute, when Koen Casteels punched a cross out to Tim Kister, whose goal-bound shot was blocked on the line by Steffen.
The Wolves remained in control and could have extended their lead in the 82nd minute when Josuha Guilavogui played in substitute Omar Marmoush, but his effort was blocked by the leg of Wulle. They did manage to add another in stoppage time, though. After substitute Yunus Malli’s shot was saved by Wulle and Victor hit the post from the rebound, Weghorst made no mistake from the follow-up, bagging his 11th goal in as many games to seal a comfortable win.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels - Baku, Bruma, Pongracic, Otavio - Steffen (Marmoush 69’), Guilavogui (Malli 85’), Gerhardt, Victor - Ginczek (Bialek 74’), Weghorst
SV Sandhausen: Wulle - Scheu (Bouhaddouz 74’), Röseler, Kister, Rossipal, Contento (Paurevic 46’) - Zenga, Biada (Halimi 46’), Nartey (Linsmayer 66’) - Behrens, Keita-Ruel (Esswein 46’)
Goals: 1-0 Gerhardt (27’), 2-0 Weghorst (30’), 3-0 Victor (41’), 4-0 Weghorst (90’+1)
Yellow cards: Bruma, Baku / Contento, Nartey, Esswein
Referee: Guido Winkmann (Kerken)