VfL Wolfsburg eased to a 5-0 win at home to FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 25. The visitors from Gelsenkirchen actually started the game strongly, but Shkodran Mustafi’s own goal in the 31st minute left them trailing. Wout Weghorst made it 2-0 shortly after the break (51’), before Ridle Baku, Josip Brekalo and substitute Maximilian Philipp completed the scoring.
Four changes to line-up
Oliver Glasner made four changes to his starting line-up, with suspended trio Paulo Otavio, Xaver Schlager and Maxence Lacroix all unavailable, while Renato Steffen was out with injury. They were replaced by Marin Pongracic, Josuha Guilavogui, Brekalo and Admir Mehmedi.
To begin with, Schalke looked solid and attacked the Wolves early, but then they made a costly mistake. Mustafi wanted to head the ball back to his goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow, but he was moving in a different direction and the ball went into the net. After going in front, VfL completely dominated proceedings and pushed on for more goals, but Guilavogui (38’) and Weghorst (39’) missed the target with their efforts, and so it remained 1-0 at half-time.
Goal number 16 for Weghorst
A fine pass from Baku set up Weghorst, who made it 2-0 with his 16th goal of the season early in the second period. Glasner’s men had total control now and extended their lead just seven minutes later, with Weghorst providing the brilliant assist for Baku this time. Another delightful piece of link-up play between Maximilian Arnold and Weghorst ended up with the unmarked Brekalo, who tucked it away to make it 4-0 to the Wolves. Then in the 79th minute, substitutes Jerome Roussillon and Philipp combined, with the latter netting the fifth and final goal.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Pongracic, Brooks, Gerhardt – Guilavogui, Arnold (72’ Roussillon), Baku (72‘ Victor), Mehmedi (72‘ Philipp), Brekalo (80‘ Ginczek) – Weghorst (84‘ Bialek)
FC Schalke 04: Rönnow – Becker, Mustafi, Thiaw – William, Serdar, Kolasinac, Calhanoglu, Schöpf (63‘ Stambouli), Harit (85‘ Maden) – Raman (72‘ Hoppe)
Goals: 1-0 Mustafi (31‘/own goal), 2-0 Weghorst (51‘), 3-0 Baku (58‘), 4-0 Brekalo (64‘),
5-0 Philipp (79‘)
Yellow cards: - / William
Referee: Sören Storks (Velen)