Plethora of penalties
The Green-and-Whites continued to pass with purpose in the second period, and they regained the lead in the 52nd minute, again via a Weghorst penalty, following a foul by Benjamin Hübner on Mbabu. Eight minutes later, the robust Dutchman was involved once more, but at the other end this time, where he was adjudged to have blocked a free-kick with his arm. The man in the middle accorded the third spot kick of the match, which Kramaric duly placed in the left corner.
The game proceeded to open up after that – Baumgartner hit the base of the post, before VfL went ahead for a third time, Weghorst latching onto Maximilian Arnold’s pass and lifting the ball adeptly over Baumann for the third Bundesliga hat-trick of his career, and his first away from home. TSG pushed for a leveller, but the Wolfsburg defence held firm. As the game drew to a close, it was the visitors who could have added to their lead, substitute Josip Brekalo and Weghorst both firing shots on goal that were well saved by the outstretched legs of Baumann.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Guilavogui (c), Schlager, Arnold, Mehmedi (Klaus 86’) – Weghorst (Ginczek 90’), Steffen (Brekalo 69’)
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann – Posch, Hübner (c), Bicakcic (Zuber 46’) – Kaderabek, Samassekou, Grillitsch (Dabbur 74’), Skov, Rudy (Larsen 46’) – Baumgartner, Kramaric
Goals: Weghorst (18’), Baumgartner (45’), Weghorst (52’), Kramaric (60’), Weghorst (71’)
Yellow cards: Arnold, Weghorst / Rudy, Hübner
Referee: Sören Storks (Velen)