Die Spieler des VfL Wolfsburg umarmen sich und bejubeln den Treffer von Lukas Nmecha.
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Nmecha goal downs Augsburg

VfL recorded a hard-fought but deserved 1-0 victory over FC Augsburg.

Die Spieler des VfL Wolfsburg umarmen sich und bejubeln den Treffer von Lukas Nmecha.

The Wolves cemented their place in the top third of the Bundesliga table on Saturday after edging past Augsburg with a battling 1-0 home win. Lukas Nmecha scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute as VfL put in an impressive first-half display, paving the way for a third straight competitive victory.

The visitors carved out a number of good chances in the second half as the Green-and-Whites began to show some tired legs, but Koen Casteels was on hand to make several fine saves, helping VfL celebrate all three points after 95 long minutes. 

Florian Kohfeldt’s side are next in action after the international break when they travel to the SchücoArena to face promoted side DSC Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday 20 November (kick-off 15:30 CET).

The goal

1-0 L. Nmecha (14’): A brilliant header from the forward puts VfL in front! Paulo Otavio plays a one-two with Maximilian Arnold and then delivers a pinpoint cross from the left to the near post, where Nmecha arrives ahead of Augsburg captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw. His header flies over the outstretched fingers of goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz and into the net – the 22-year-old’s third goal in his last three competitive outings.

Coaches’ reactions:

Florian Kohfeldt: “The first half was our best half of football this week. I thought we were really good in defence and in attack. We should have had a bigger lead in the first 45minutes, but after the break we were a bit too far apart. Augsburg played with a lot of energy, and we gave them one or two chances to score. We couldn’t have complained if they’d equalised, but we were also unable to put them on the back foot in the second half. We’re happy that we managed to hold on to the win.”

Markus Weinzierl: “We could have got something from this game today, and could even have won it. But in order to do that we needed to take our chances. Obviously the way we played in the first half wasn’t what we set out to do, but we need to play like we did in the second half over the course of 90 minutes. Then we’ll do well.”

Line-up and stats

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Bornauw (56’ Van de Ven), Guilavogui, Brooks – Baku (81’ Mbabu), Arnold, Gerhardt (81’ F. Nmecha), Otavio (69’ Roussillon) – L. Nmecha, Steffen (56’ Lukebakio) – Weghorst

Subs: Pervan (Goal), Mehmedi, Philipp, Ginczek

FC Augsburg: Gikiewicz – Gumny, Gouweleeuw, Oxford, Pedersen – A. Maier, Strobl (39’ Dorsch), Caligiuri (64’ Hahn), Vargas (64‘ Cordova) – Finnbogason (46’ Niederlechner, 74’ Gregoritsch) – Zeqiri

Subs: Koubek (Goal), Framberger, Winther, Gruezo

Goal: 1:0 L. Nmecha (14‘)

Yellow cards: Guilavogui, F. Nmecha / Strobl, Oxford, Pedersen

Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb)

Attendance: 16.095 at Volkswagen Arena



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