The Wolves’ winning run goes on as Oliver Glasner’s side claimed a deserved 2-0 victory at FC Augsburg on Matchday 20, setting a new club record for winning five successive matches without conceding in all competitions. Top scorer Wout Weghorst, with his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season (38’), and Ridle Baku (59’) were on target for VfL, who stay third in the table.
Next Sunday, 14 February, they face one of their direct rivals for the European places with Borussia Mönchengladbach visiting the Volkswagen Arena (kick-off 18:00 CET).
Never change a winning team
Despite being in cup action against Schalke in midweek and having a fully fit squad at his disposal, head coach Glasner followed the motto of “never change a winning team”, naming the same starting XI for the fourth match running.
Wolves with more of the play
After a cautious start, the Wolves threatened for the first time on six minutes, when Maximilian Arnold played a brilliant but difficult to control pass into the path of Renato Steffen, who couldn’t make good use of it.
Clinical Weghorst breaks the deadlock
Augsburg had their moments on the counter and ex-Wolf Daniel Caligiuri had two attempts in quick succession. The visitors, meanwhile, struggled to break down the tightly packed FCA defence until the 38th minute, when Yannick Gerhardt set up Weghorst perfectly in the penalty area, and he lifted the ball over the onrushing Rafal Gikiewicz to make it 1-0.
Baku’s second goal counts
Both sides came out unchanged for the second half. The ball was in the net again shortly after the restart, but Baku was just offside from Gerhardt’s cross. However, he was able to celebrate his fourth goal of the campaign shortly afterwards. Paulo Otavio crossed in from the left and Weghorst rather inadvertently flicked it onto the far post, where Baku had no trouble finding the net (59’). Just three minutes later, Weghorst missed a good chance to seal the three points when he was thwarted by Gikiewicz.
Baku falls foul of offside flag again
Not long after that, the Wolves had another goal ruled out when Arnold finished into the bottom left corner from a counter-attack, but Baku got a slight touch to the ball and was offside (69’). The Green-and-Whites were closer to getting a third than Augsburg were to reducing the deficit, and in the end saw out the rest of the game relatively comfortably.
FC Augsburg: Gikiewicz – Gumny, Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai – Caligiuri (66‘ Jensen), Strobl (77‘ Civeja), Gruezo (77‘ Oxford), Pedersen, Hahn (86‘ Vargas), Benes (66‘ Richter) – Niederlechner
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio – Schlager (68’ Guilavogui), Arnold, Baku (90+1‘ Victor), Gerhardt (78’ Brekalo), Steffen (78‘ Philipp) – Weghorst (90+1‘ Bialek)
Goals: 0-1 Weghorst (38‘), 0-2 Baku (59‘)
Yellow cards: Benes, Gumny / -
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Niederkassel)