Weghorst und Schlager rennen vor Freude über das Spielfeld, beide schossen heute ein Tor gegen Schalke 04.
21.11.2020
First Team

First away win

The 2-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen means the Wolves continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Weghorst und Schlager rennen vor Freude über das Spielfeld, beide schossen heute ein Tor gegen Schalke 04.

After thoroughly dominating the first half and giving as good as they got in the second, the Green-and-Whites earned a solid 2-0 victory over Schalke 04 at the Veltins-Arena thanks to goals from Wout Weghorst and Xaver Schlager.

Single switch

In his pre-match press conference, Oliver Glasner had promised not to underestimate Schalke, and his starting line-up confirmed that statement, as he made just one change to the team that defeated TSG Hoffenheim prior to the international break, bringing Admir Mehmedi – one of 10 VfL players who travelled with their national teams – back into the side at the expense of Maximilian Philipp.

There was no place in the squad for the recovering pair of Josuha Guilavogui and William, but Kevin Mbabu, who made a comeback from injury versus Hannover 96 in a friendly last week, earned a slot on the bench. Marin Pongracic was also unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19.

Swift start

The Wolves came roaring out of the starting blocks, earning a third-minute corner from which Weghorst expertly headed the ball home for his fourth goal in five games. Five minutes later, the dynamic Dutchman was in the thick of it again, but his snapshot crashed into the side netting.

Subsequently, Schalke goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow denied Ridle Baku and Renato Steffen, before the constant pressure from the visitors finally told in the 24th minute, when Schlager pounced on a loose ball in the box to score just his second Bundesliga goal. With Maximilian Arnold, Josip Brekalo and Mehmedi in particularly lively form, the Green-and-Whites continued to dominate the midfield and launch incisive attacks for the remainder of the half.

Xaver Schlager und Wout Weghorst umarmen sich jubelnd, beide schossen ein Tor beim Spiel gegen Schalke 04.

Points secured

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/ –

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Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb

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