VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Renato Steffen im Zweikampf mit einem Gegenspieler.
06.03.2021
First Team

Unbeaten run ended

VfL lost 2-1 at Hoffenheim.

VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Renato Steffen im Zweikampf mit einem Gegenspieler.

After nine league games unbeaten, the Wolves suffered an unfortunate 2-1 defeat at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 24. Christoph Baumgartner (8’) and Andrej Kramaric (41’) scored the goals for TSG, either side of Wout Weghorst’s momentary equaliser (23’). Oliver Glasner’s side couldn’t find a way back in the second half and also finished the game with 10 men after Paulo Otavio’s dismissal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Casteels finally beaten

Glasner kept faith with the side that started at Leipzig in the cup in midweek, but they fell behind after just eight minutes, when Baumgartner was left unmarked from Pavel Kaderabek’s cross and hammered the ball past Koen Casteels. The Green-and-Whites, for their part, struggled to string things together in attack, allowing the hosts to gain the initiative in the match.

From one goal-getter to another

That was the case until the 23rd minute, when Xaver Schlager played in Weghorst with a brilliant pass, and the Wolves striker slotted the ball past Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to make it 1-1. It was the Dutchman’s 15th goal of the season and also ended a four-game drought. But Glasner’s charges did not make the most of their opportunities in the subsequent period and conceded in the middle of their spell of pressure. Kaderabek whipped in another cross from the right flank and although Ihlas Bebou missed it at first, Kramaric was lurking at the far post and had little trouble putting the home side back in front shortly before half-time.

VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Wout Weghorst erzielt den Treffer zum zwischenzeitlichen 1:1.

Weghorst misses chance for equaliser

The Wolves came out for the second half with two new players in Admir Mehmedi and Joao Victor, who replaced Yannick Gerhardt and Kevin Mbabu, with Ridle Baku moving to right-back. And VfL immediately signalled their intentions, Maximilian Arnold forcing Baumann into action with a fierce shot (46’). Shortly after that, the Hoffenheim custodian could only look on thankfully as Weghorst headed over the bar from five metres. The Wolves dominated the second period but did not offer enough of a threat in the final third.

Otavio dismissal compounds frustration

Schlager and Maxence Lacroix both picked up their fifth yellow cards of the campaign and will therefore miss the next match at home to FC Schalke 04, as will Otavio, who broke up a Hoffenheim counter with a foul in the dying minutes and was shown his second yellow. That provided the conclusion to a fiery contest, from which the Green-and-Whites came away with nothing.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann – Adams, Grillitsch, Richards – Kaderabek, Rudy (90‘ +2), Samassekou, John (53‘ Sessegnon), Baumgartner – Bebou (77‘ Skov), Kramaric (77‘ Dabbur)

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu (46‘ Victor), Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio – Schlager (84‘ Bialek), Arnold, Baku, Gerhardt (46‘ Gerhardt), Steffen (71‘ Ginczek) – Weghorst

Goals: 1-0 Baumgartner (8‘), 1-1 Weghorst (23‘), 2-1 Kramaric (41‘)

Yellow cards: Sessegnon, Dabbur / Steffen, Lacroix, Schlager

Red card: Otavio  (90’ +4)

Referee: Markus Schmidt (Stuttgart)

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