The next home win: In closing matchday 14, VfL Wolfsburg put on an extremely impressive display in front of the home fans in the Volkswagen Arena and racked up a solid 3-0 (2-0) victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Following the 3-1 home win over SC Freiburg in their last outing at the Arena, on this occasion goals from Yunus Malli (4'), Daniel Didavi (25') and Josuha Guilavogui (71') were on target to ensure the next three points remain in Wolfsburg. The win sees the Green-Whites move into eleventh place in the table.
Three starting-eleven changes
Compared to the side that began in last weekend's 1-2 defeat away to FC Augsburg, VfL head-coach Martin Schmidt was forced to make two changes to his starting-eleven. Yannick Gerhardt filled in for the suspended Maximilian Arnold, whilst Gian-Luca Itter came in to replace the ill Marcel Tisserand (flu virus). In addition, the Swiss coach altered the centre of his defence, with Robin Knoche returning to the bench to make way for Felix Ohis Uduokhai.
Malli and Didavi on target
In spite of temperatures dipping to 0°C, the Wolves required very little time to heat the Arena. Malli got a move going in his own half, playing between the legs of Matthias Ginter into the path of Mario Gomez. The VfL captain burst through to the by-line, before laying a low pass back to the Turkish international, who duly netted to hand the Wolves an early lead (4'). The visitors quickly shook off the shock of the setback and had chances top level through Ginter and Vincenzo Grifo, but on both occasion, Koen Casteels was there when called upon (7', 14'). The Wolves continued to press forward and were as cool headed in front of goal as the weather outside. Malli chipped a ball perfectly to the on-rushing Didavi, who left Sommer no chance in the Borussia goal, to make it 2-0 (25').
Offside twice foils Gladbach
Inspired by their recent Bundesliga successes, Borussia continued to look to hit on the offensive – but valid goals eluded the side trained by former Wolves coach Dieter Hecking before the break. Both Thorgan Hazard and Lars Stindl put the ball in the Wolves net, but on both occasions, the offside flag was correctly raised and the goals duly cancelled-out (37', 39'). Just shy of the half-time whistle, Hazard fired just wide of the VfL goal (44'). In the second-half, the visitors had the bulk of the possession, although rarely created chances.
Guilavogui seals the deal
The Wolves, on the other hand, were far more effective in front of goal. Malli fired just over from the edge of the box (47') and Divock Origi tested Yann Sommer (56'). As Guilavogui let fly from 23 meters out, the Swiss keeper was left rooted to the spot. The French midfielder’s powerful strike made it 3-0 for the hosts (71') – which would remain the final score! On Tuesday, December 12th (kick-off 18:30 CET – the Wolves face RB Leipzig in their final home match of 2017.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh, Uduokhai, Brooks, Itter (63' William) – Guilavogui, Gerhardt – Origi, Didavi (72' Ntep), Malli – Gomez
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer – Jantschke (31' Cuisance), Elvedi, Vestergaard, Wendt – Ginter, Zakaria – Hazard (83' Drmic), Grifo – Stindl, Raffael (83' Bobadilla)
Goals: 1-0 Malli (4'), 2-0 Didavi (25'), 3-0 Guilavogui (71')
Yellow cards: - / Zakaria, Elvedi
Referee: Benjamin Cortus (Röthenbach)
Attendance: 24,265 on Sunday evening in Volkswagen Arena