Renato Steffen headed the Wolves into a deserved lead two minutes before half-time in VfL’s first game back following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus, but a John Anthony Brooks own goal put the hosts back on level terms after the restart. Admir Mehmedi struck the woodwork for the Green-and-Whites, before Ginczek turned home Kevin Mbabu’s cross to secure a dramatic victory.
Personnel: No Weghorst? No problem
The Wolves were without Wout Weghorst for only the second time since signing the Dutchman in 2018, after the striker picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign against RB Leipzig in VfL’s last league match. Joao Victor was handed only his second start of 2020, while Mbabu and Marin Pongracic were also restored to the starting line-up at the WWK Arena.
First half: Steffen strikes again
VfL looked the more settled side early on, enjoying the majority of possession and troubling the Augsburg rearguard on several occasions. Mehmedi was inches away from getting his head to a teasing right-wing cross, while Victor was called offside after being played through by Josip Brekalo.
Koen Casteels had to be on his toes to prevent Ruben Vargas’ low strike from trickling over the line, but the visitors continued to pose a threat and took the lead when Steffen connected superbly with Paulo Otavio’s delivery for his fifth league goal of the calendar year.
Second half: Ginczek wins it
The hosts started the second half in more urgent fashion and drew level nine minutes after the restart. Philipp Max’s cross was headed off the underside of his own crossbar by Brooks, with Casteels unable to stop the ball from crossing the line.
Felix Uduokhai - currently on loan at the WWK Arena from VfL - thought he had completed the fightback moments after coming off the bench, but Florian Niederlechner was adjudged to be in an offside position in the build-up and the goal was chalked off. Mehmedi struck the post with a thumping strike with 20 minutes remaining, but Ginczek went one better in stoppage time when he bundled home Mbabu’s low delivery to extend the Wolves’ unbeaten league run to seven matches.
FC Augsburg: Luthe - Framberger, Jedvaj, Suchy (Uduokhai 65’), Max - Khedira, Baier - Richter (Sarenren Bazee 87’), Löwen (Cordova 87’), Vargas (Iago 79’) - Niederlechner
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels - Mbabu, Pongracic, Brooks, Otavio (Roussillon 87’) - Schlager, Arnold - Victor (Klaus 74’), Mehmedi, Brekalo (Ginczek 61’) - Steffen
Goals: Steffen (43’), Brooks (54’ og), Ginczek (90’+1)
Yellow cards: Suchy / Otavio, Arnold, Roussillon
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych (Munich)