Glasner had talked about “stepping up a notch” at his pre-match press conference, and his charges proceeded to do just that, dominating possession and creating viable opportunities for Weghorst and Steffen, who both brought out the best in Ortega, and for Maxence Lacroix, who pounced on a corner to crash the ball off the woodwork.
In the 80th minute, the visitors pulled one back against the run of play, substitute Sven Schipplock sweeping home in what was his side’s first shot on target. Subsequently, Manuel Prietl’s deflected effort wrong-footed Koen Casteels but struck the base of the post, as the team from North Rhine-Westphalia threatened to snatch a draw. Arminia continued to throw men forward, but they were unable to break down a resilient home rearguard. With the last kick of the ball, the Wolves could – and probably should – have extended their lead, but Weghorst fired over with only the goalkeeper to beat.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels - Roussillon, Lacroix, Brooks, Baku - Guilavogui(c) (Schlager 32’), Arnold, Mehmedi (Victor 67’), Steffen (Gerhardt 84’), Philipp (Klaus 84’) - Weghorst
Arminia Bielefeld: Ortega - de Medina (Behrendt 46’), Pieper, van der Hoorn (Edmundsson 87’), Laursen - Maier (Seufert 46’), Prietl, Hartel, Doan, Cordova (Schipplock 77’) - Klos (c)
Goals: Weghorst (19’), Arnold (20’), Schipplock (80’)
Yellow cards: Arnold, Philipp / Klos
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (Berlin)