After Jeffrey Bruma’s own goal gave Leipzig the lead, four goals during a ruthless 13-minute spell in the second half did the damage for the Wolves, who simply couldn’t handle the visitors’ fast counter-attacking. The defeat is the Green-Whites’ first in 14 competitive games this season, and they’ll be hoping to bounce back quickly when they travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET).
With his team in the midst of a hectic fixture schedule, coach Oliver Glasner made four changes from Sunday’s goalless draw against Augsburg. Josuha Guilavogui was suspended so Maximilian Arnold was recalled in midfield, while Kevin Mbabu, Renato Steffen and Joao Victor also started in place of John Brooks, Jerome Roussillon and Felix Klaus. Wout Weghorst wore the captain’s armband in the absence of Guilavogui.
Own goal separates the sides
In a raucous atmosphere at the Volkswagen Arena, the match got off to a suitably fast-paced start, with energetic pressing from both sides. With 13 minutes on the clock, Leipzig took the lead in a rather fortuitous manner. Dayot Upamecano’s volley from a corner was spilled by Pavao Pervan, the Wolves keeper saved Willi Orban’s follow-up shot but it bounced off Bruma and into the net.
The Wolves tried to find a way back into the game after that but were kept at bay by the solid Leipzig defence, despite skipper Orban being forced off with an injury. Joao Victor’s long-range attempt, which flew harmlessly over the bar, was the only notable effort before the break.
Leipzig twist the knife
Glasner’s men came out of the blocks quickly at the start of the second half and Josip Brekalo went close when his curling shot was deflected just wide. However, it was the visitors who scored the crucial second goal in the 55th minute, Marcel Sabitzer playing a one-two with Timo Werner and stabbing the ball past Pervan.
That goal opened the floodgates, with every Leipzig counter seemingly ending in the back of the net. Just a few minutes later, Werner squared the ball across to Emil Forsberg, who tapped it in at the far post – although there appeared to be a handball in the build-up. Three minutes later, Konrad Laimer put the result beyond any reasonable doubt, finishing off another swift move. The visitors weren’t done there, though, and Werner got his name on the scoresheet when he tapped in from Yussuf Poulsen’s cut-back.
With the contest over, there was a lull in the action until the final few minutes. Werner netted his second of the match with a fine solo effort, before Weghorst managed to grab a consolation goal in the 89th minute.
VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan - Mbabu, Bruma, Tisserand – William (Knoche 76’), Gerhardt (Rexhbecaj 70’), Arnold, Steffen - Joao Victor, Weghorst, Brekalo (Nmecha 64’)
RB Leipzig: Mvogo - Mukiele, Orban (Ilsanker 26‘), Upamecano (Ampadu 72’), Halstenberg - Sabitzer (Nkunku 65‘), Laimer, Demme, Forsberg - Poulsen, Werner
Goals: Bruma og (13’), Sabitzer (55’), Forsberg (58‘), Laimer (61‘), Werner (68‘), Werner (88‘), Weghorst (89‘)
Yellow cards: Mbabu, Arnold, Weghorst / Mukiele, Ampadu
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin)