VfL Wolfsburg got Matchday 22 under way with another win thanks to a brace of goals from Renato Steffen, with the Green-and-Whites defeating Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 away on Friday night.
The Wolves’ first attack of any note saw Steffen give them the lead in the 29th minute, and he doubled the lead just after the change of ends, prodding home to make it 2-0 (47’) before Maximilian Arnold put the game to bed shortly thereafter (54’). With the three points, VfL went back up to third in the table with the next match now coming on Saturday 27 February, when Hertha BSC will be the visitors to the Volkswagen Arena (kick-off 15.30 CET).
Steffen with his fourth goal of the season
Head coach Oliver Glasner named the same starting line-up as in previous weeks, and his charges had plenty of possession in the opening exchanges, always looking to press forward. They got their reward in the 29th minute when Yannick Gerhardt hared down the right and made it to the byline before finding Steffen in the middle with a slide-rule pass that the winger banged home from six yards out to make it 1-0.
Bielefeld could have replied immediately when Michel Vlap found himself unmarked but failed to hit the target (31’). Shortly before the break, John Anthony Brooks picked up his fifth yellow card and will be suspended for the forthcoming match against his former club Hertha BSC.
Arnold with the icing on the cake
In the second half, VfL soon set about making sure of the three points. Steffen was once again on the spot as he seized on a bouncing shot from Wout Weghorst from a tight angle that goalkeeper Stefan Ortega could not hold, and the Swiss international poked it in to make it 2-0 (47’).
Another eye-catching attack saw the Wolves make it three soon after. Weghorst fed Arnold, who fired home an unstoppable left-footed shot into the far-left corner from the edge of the area (54’). Bielefeld coach Uwe Neuhaus reacted by making three changes, sending on Christian Gebauer, Sergio Cordova and Masaya Okugawa to breathe some life into his team’s attack, and Wolfsburg decided to sit back a little more.
In the final quarter of an hour most of the play came in the midfield third, but the home team were unable to get the goal that would have dragged them back into the match. VfL remained solid in defence and made it seven matches in a row without conceding a goal, running out 3-0 winners and securing another win away from home.
DSC Arminia Bielefeld: Ortega – Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Laursen (75‘ de Medina) – Kunze, Prietl, Doan (60‘ Gebauer), Vlap (60‘ Cordova), Voglsammer (60‘ Okugawa) – Klos
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Lacroix (82’ Pongracic), Brooks, Otavio – Schlager (74’ Guilavogui), Arnold (74’ Philipp), Baku, Gerhardt, Steffen (74‘ Brekalo) – Weghorst (82‘ Bialek)
Goals: 0-1 Steffen (29‘), 0-2 Steffen (47‘), 0-3 Arnold (54‘)
Yellow cards: - / Brooks, Guilavogui
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych (Munich)