Die Wölfe jubeln zusammen nach dem 1:0 Tor gegen Arminia Bielefeld.
25.10.2020
First Team

First league win

The Wolves secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.

Die Wölfe jubeln zusammen nach dem 1:0 Tor gegen Arminia Bielefeld.

Despite a late flurry from Bielefeld, the Green-and-Whites finally claimed their first Bundesliga victory of the season, winning 2-1 at the Volkswagen Arena.

Double change

Oliver Glasner made two adjustments to the side that drew with Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend, bringing Renato Steffen back in and handing a first start to new man Maximilian Philipp. Josip Brekalo missed out after testing positive for COVID-19, while Xaver Schlager dropped to the bench, where the returning Joao Victor could also be found. Captain Josuha Guilavogui celebrated his 200th appearance for the Wolves.

Two goals in two minutes

Aside from a Steffen cross-shot that trickled wide, there were very few clear-cut chances during the opening quarter of an hour, during which both teams probed to little effect. That all changed in the 19th minute, when Maximilian Arnold took advantage of a lapse in concentration in the Arminia defence, slipping a free-kick through to the unmarked Weghorst, who slotted home his second goal of the season. 

The newly promoted side, who were visiting Wolfsburg on Bundesliga business for the first time since 2008, were still reeling from that blow when they conceded a second goal a minute later: Admir Mehmedi, lurking on the edge of the box, neatly fed Arnold, who blasted the ball past Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. As Wolfsburg pushed for a killer third goal in the closing stages of the first half, Philipp was unfortunate not to get on the scoreboard, his powerful deflected drive flying just wide.

Wout Weghorst schießt das Tor zum 1:0, der Torwart von Arminia Bielefeld kann ihn nicht mehr halten.

Frantic finish    

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

Attendance: 4,519

Referee: Manuel Gräfe (Berlin)

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