Gian-Luca Waldschmidt spielt den Ball.
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Defeat in Mainz

The Wolves slipped to a 3-0 reverse in Mainz on Bundesliga Matchday 14.

Gian-Luca Waldschmidt spielt den Ball.

A disappointing performance from VfL Wolfsburg ended in a 3-0 defeat away to 1. FSV Mainz 05, a result that leaves the Wolves eighth in the standings having been leapfrogged by their hosts on Saturday.

Mainz began on the front foot and took the lead as early as the second minute through Jonathan Burkardt. With the Green-and-Whites still reeling from that setback, the home side struck again straight away, converting their second chance of the match when the unmarked Anton Stach finished low into the net in the fourth minute.

Lacroix own goal

VfL tried to find a way back into the game in the second half and looked more organised in their build-up play. Yet despite spending significant spells in the opposition half, they rarely troubled the home defence, with a late own goal from Maxence Lacroix capping off an afternoon to forget.

Florian Kohfeldt’s charges are next in action on Wednesday 8 December (kick-off 21:00 CET) when they welcome OSC Lille to the Volkswagen Arena for their crunch final Group G encounter in the UEFA Champions League, with both teams fighting for a place in the knockout rounds.


  • 1-0 Burkardt (2’): Mainz launch their first attack and Leandro Barreiro flicks on a pass from Jae-sung Lee into the path of Burkardt. The striker charges forward and gets the better of VfL goalkeeper Pavao Pervan in the one-on-one.

  • 2-0 Stach (4’): The hosts take a short corner on the right and the lively South Korea international Lee crosses into the box to Stach, who fires in a powerful shot from a central position to put his side 2-0 up.

  • 3-0 Lacroix (own goal 90’): Substitute Jean-Paul Boetius delivers a cross from the left, which Lacroix inadvertently redirects into his own net as he attempts to clear.

The coaches’ reactions

Florian Kohfeldt: “We went 2-0 down very early on. Mainz played very well. They won a lot of second balls, made a lot of runs behind our defence and made the most of a set piece, which we should have defended better, to score their second goal. They had other chances on the counter in the first half and we lost too many one-on-one challenges. That meant we weren’t able to build any momentum going forward and we didn’t deal with a lot of things very well at the back.

“At the start of the second half, we had a short spell where I had the feeling we could have fought back if we’d kept up the pressure. But Mainz defended smartly, and were helped by the fact we lacked drive going forward. We didn’t do a lot of things right today, which is why we deserved to lose. We’ll try to put this game behind us quickly so that we can focus on the match on Wednesday. We shouldn’t be losing an away game in that manner.”

Bo Svensson: “My team played very well, and the two early goals helped us a lot. We weren’t as dominant in the second half as were before the break, but we played with a lot of discipline and always tried to put them under pressure going forward. On top of that, we managed to keep them away from our goal, so we did a lot of things right today.”

Line-up and stats

1. FSV Mainz 05: Zentner – Bell, Hack (86' Nemeth), Niakhate – Widmer, Barreiro, Aaron, Lee (83' Boetius), Stach – Burkardt (76' Ingvartsen), Onisiwo (83' Szalai)
Subs: Dahmen (GK), Brosinski, Nebel, Stöger, Tauer

VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan – Lacroix, Guilavogui, Brooks (46' Bornauw) – Baku (46' Mbabu), Arnold (46' Gerhardt), Vranckx (82' Philipp), Otavio, Lukebakio (57' Waldschmidt), L. Nmecha – Weghorst

Subs: Klinger (GK), Roussillon, van de Ven, Steffen

Goal: 1-0 Burkardt (2'), 2-0 Stach (4'), 3-0 Lacroix (90', own goal)

Yellow cards: Barreiro / Mbabu, Gerhardt

Referee: Florian Badstübner (Windsbach)

Attendance: 10,000



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