Matchday 13 of the Bundesliga did not yield any points for VfL Wolfsburg, with Florian Kohfeldt’s side losing 3-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon. Wout Weghorst put the Green-and-Whites in front early on (2’) at a sold-out Volkswagen Arena, but Emre Can levelled the score in the 35th minute from the penalty spot. Donyell Malen (55’) and Erling Haaland (81’) scored in the second half to settle a high-quality contest for the visitors.
The defeat sees VfL slip to seventh in the table for now. Next up is a trip to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday 4 December (kick-off 15:30 CET).
1-0 Weghorst (2nd minute): In the Wolves’ first attack, Dodi Lukebakio drives forward with the ball and feeds Ridle Baku, who finds the onrushing Weghorst from the byline. The Dutchman bundles it in with his chest from three metres out to give the hosts a dream start.
1-1 Can (35th minute): As Marco Reus gets into the penalty area, Maxence Lacroix slides in too late and takes his legs away. Can confidently tucks away the resulting penalty.
1-2 Malen (55th minute): Reus finds a gap to pass it to Malen, who has a free shot at goal from 18 metres and fires it low past Pavao Pervan, who was moving the other way.
1-3 Haaland (81st minute): Haaland gets on the end of a Julian Brandt cross and ends the Wolves’ hopes during their best period of the game.
Florian Kohfeldt: “After the early lead we had a few opportunities in transition and from set pieces. But we didn’t get the high pressing that we wanted, which suited Dortmund’s wing play. Saying that, we didn’t give much away. We didn’t start the second half well and after conceding the goal for 2-1 – which we should have defended better – we had a big spell of pressure with four gilt-edged chances. We certainly need to talk about our chance conversion because overall we had more opportunities. Our attacking play was absolutely fine, though. On the whole it was a very unlucky defeat for us.”
Marco Rose: “We had a difficult start because we fell behind straight away with Wolfsburg’s first attack. The team’s reaction to that was top-notch, though, because the goal had little to do with how we see ourselves. After the equaliser, we played very well for a long time. We lost control of the match for a few minutes after going 2-1 up, but Erling’s goal settled it.”
Line-up and stats
VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan – Lacroix, Guilavogui (90+1‘ Philipp), Brooks – Baku (74’ Mbabu), Vranckx, Arnold, Roussillon (62’ Otavio), Lukebakio, L. Nmecha (62‘ Waldschmidt) – Weghorst
Subs: Klinger (Goal), Bornauw, van de Ven, Gerhardt, F. Nmecha
Borussia Dortmund: Kobel – Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Schulz (85‘ Zagadou) – Can (85‘ Witsel), Brandt, Dahoud, Wolf (62‘ Knauff), Reus – Malen (73‘ Haaland)
Subs: Hitz (Goal), Passlack, Pongracic, Reinier, St. Tigges
Goals: 1-0 Weghorst (2’), 1-1 Can (35’, pen.), 1-2 Malen (55’), 1-3 Haaland (81’)
Yellow cards: Lukebakio, Lacroix, L. Nmecha, Arnold / Wolf
Referee: Sven Jablonski (Bremen)
Attendance: 13,281 at Volkswagen Arena (Sold out)