The home side upped the tempo a little after the break without truly threatening VfL’s rearguard, ably marshalled by John Brooks and Maxence Lacroix. At the same time, the Wolves still looked dangerous every time they surged forward, and they were unfortunate not to go 3-0 up in the 63rd minute, when Rönnow made an eye-opening point-blank save from Weghorst.
At the other end, Koen Casteels pulled off a similar stop from Goncalo Paciencia’s close-range effort – a timely reminder that the match was not quite done and dusted yet. As the final whistle drew closer, the game entered something of a lull. Benito Raman then struck the bar in the 90th minute, but in the end VfL saw out a well-earned win and moved up to fifth place in the Bundesliga table.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) - Baku, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon - Schlager, Arnold - Steffen (Victor 74’), Mehmedi (Philipp 89’), Brekalo (Klaus 80’) - Weghorst (Bialek 89’)
Schalke 04: Rönnow - Thiaw, Stambouli (Skrzybski 46’), Nastasic - Ludewig, Oczipka, Mascarell (c), Harit (Raman 39’), Uth, Serdar (Bentaleb 77’) - Paciencia (Kutucu 77’)
Goals: Weghorst (3’), Schlager (24’)
Yellow cards: Schlager/ –
Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb