In the closing fixture of Matchday 3, VfL made it three wins from their first three Bundesliga matches of the season for the first time in the club’s history. The hard-earned 1-0 win over RB Leipzig, secured by Jerome Roussillon’s 52nd-minute strike, is also the Wolves’ first-ever win over Leipzig, after eight failed attempts. The result keeps VfL at the top of the table, but the victory was dampened by what looked like a serious knee injury to Xaver Schlager, who had to be taken off in the 70th minute.
The Green-and-Whites return to league action after the international break with an away outing at promoted side SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Saturday 11 September (kick-off 15:30 CEST).
Never change a winning team: both head coaches fielded unchanged line-ups.
1-0 Roussillon (52nd minute): VfL take the lead! After doing well to win possession, the Wolves advance at speed as Renato Steffen whips the ball in from the left. Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi can only palm it out in front of him, and Roussillon gobbles it up with a powerful left-footed finish into the net!
Mark van Bommel: “The first five to 10 minutes belonged to Leipzig. They played well and were winning the ball in midfield, which meant they had more control in the game, but then we took over. In the second half, we then make it 1-0 after a very good attack with a switch of sides, where ‘Rouss’ sticks the ball in – and I have no idea why he was standing in that position. But that’s this team: everyone always wants to get forward to score goals. After that we should’ve made it 2-0. If Wout puts it away, then it’s game over. At the end we dug in and fought to get the win. Xaver Schlager will be assessed; we’ll have to wait and see with him.”
Jesse Marsch: “That was a real battle. We said before the match that Wolfsburg are a really good, intense side, against whom we’ll have to win the tackles and duels. That wasn’t good enough, particularly in the first half. We also weren’t energetic or threatening enough going forward, but Wolfsburg certainly defended well, too. Credit to Wolfsburg! They played really well and fought hard.”
Line-ups and stats
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon – Schlager (70‘ Guilavogui) , Arnold – Baku, Philipp (78’ Nmecha), Steffen (88’ Marmoush) – Weghorst
Subs: Pervan, Bornauw, Gerhardt, Vranckx, Mehmedi, Brekalo
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban, Simakan (86‘ Mukiele), Gvardiol – Adams (86‘ Kampl), Haidara (59’ Laimer), Szoboszlai (68’ Poulsen), Forsberg, Nkunku – Silva (86’Brobbey)
Subs: Martinez, Henrichs, Raebiger, Wosz
Goal: 1-0 Roussillon (52’)
Yellow cards: Steffen, Schlager, Guilavogui, Roussillon / Gvardiol, Adams
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)
Attendance: 12,058 at Volkswagen Arena