First Team

Narrow loss in Frankfurt

VfL lost 4-3 to their top-four rivals in a dramatic contest.

In a head-to-head battle for the Champions League places, Wolfsburg lost 4-3 at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon. In a game that was fast-paced throughout and that VfL largely dominated, Oliver Glasner’s men did not make the most of their chances and were beaten by a more efficient Frankfurt side. 
Ridle Baku gave the Wolves the lead in only the sixth minute but the hosts responded quickly through Daichi Kamada, whose low shot made it 1-1 (8’). Despite Wolfsburg having more opportunities, it was SGE who led at the break thanks to Luka Jovic’s 27th-minute goal. Wout Weghorst levelled the score at the start of the second half (46’) but Andre Silva (54’) and Erik Durm (61’) sealed the points for the Eagles, with a late Tuta own goal making it 4-3 in the end.

Baku opens the scoring with his left

The Wolves, who were unchanged from last weekend’s win over Köln, took an early lead when Weghorst laid the ball off to Baku, who curled the ball into the left corner. The hosts responded promptly, though, as Kamada was left unmarked from Durm’s delivery and netted the equaliser from 12 metres out. 
Both sides were attacking at pace, making for a highly entertaining game, and there was little time to draw breath. The Wolves created a string of chances, but it was Frankfurt who went 2-1 in front. Silva got past Maxence Lacroix down the right side and cut the ball back to Jovic, who fired an unstoppable shot past Koen Casteels from close range.

Weghorst takes 37 seconds

The second half continued in the same vein as the first. Just 37 seconds had been played before the net was rippling again – this time Baku fed Weghorst, whose shot deflected off Frankfurt’s Stefan Ilsanker and past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp for a deserved equaliser. The Wolves were on top again and pushed for the next goal, but after Josip Brekalo lost possession, Kamada set Silva off on the right and the Portuguese striker made it 3-2. 
Durm increased Eintracht’s advantage just after the hour mark, before Tuta’s own goal set up a tense finish to a crazy game. The Wolves threw everything forward but ultimately went down to a narrow 4-3 defeat.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Ilsanker, Ndicka – Sow, Rode (89‘ Hasebe), Durm (89‘ Chandler), Kamada (90‘ Zuber), Kostic – Silva, Jovic (83’ Younes)

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Lacroix (66’ Pongracic), Brooks, Roussillon – Schlager (89’ Ginczek), Arnold, Baku, Gerhardt (66’ Białek), Brekalo (72’ Philipp) – Weghorst

Goals: 0-1 Baku (6’), 1-1 Kamada (8’), 2-1 Jovic (27’), 2-2 Weghorst (46’), 3-2 Silva (54’), 4-2 Durm (61’), 4-3 Tuta (85’/og)

Yellow cards: N'Dicka, Kamada, Rode / Mbabu, Arnold

Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb)



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