Admir Mehmedi im Zweikampf mit einem Spieler des SC Freiburg.
SA . 22.  SEP . 2018
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Wolves slip to Freiburg defeat

VfL Wolfsburg tasted defeat for the first time this season on Bundesliga Matchday 4, slipping to a 3-1 reverse at home to SC Freiburg.

Admir Mehmedi im Zweikampf mit einem Spieler des SC Freiburg.

The Wolves were forced to chase the game after falling behind to an early goal from Roland Sallai and although Bruno Labbadia's men had more possession and shots on target, the visitors were clinical throughout, efforts from Nils Petersen and Mike Frantz putting Freiburg on course for three points. Admir Mehmedi reduced the deficit for VfL in the second half, but it was ultimately too little too late. The Green-Whites have the chance make amends away to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Wednesday 26 September (kick-off: 20:30 CEST).

First start for Mehmedi

VfL coach Labbadia made one change from the side that drew 2-2 with Hertha Berlin last weekend, handing former Freiburg forward Mehmedi – who scored the dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in that game – his first Bundesliga start of the season. The Switzerland international came into the starting line-up in place of Josip Brekalo, who had missed training during the week with a stomach upset, but was well enough to be on the bench here.

Wolves caught cold

The Wolves started confidently and moved the ball around well in the opening stages, but were caught out by Freiburg's first attack of the game when Sallai headed in Lukas Kübler's right-wing cross in the seventh minute. VfL responded by going on the front foot, with a John Brooks header and a long-range shot from William signalling their intent. Nevertheless, it was the visitors who struck again, Petersen heading in the rebound after Koen Casteels had saved his penalty. Despite putting together several promising moves before the interval, Wolfsburg simply could not find the final ball to get a foothold in the game.

VfL Wolfsburg-Spieler John Brooks im Zweikampf mit einem Gegenspieler.

Freiburg strike again

Labbadia introduced Daniel Ginczek at the interval in a bid to increase the Wolves' threat in the final third, but it was the guests who next added to the scoreline when Frantz slotted past Casteels after being played clean through. Mehmedi gave the hosts a lifeline just after the hour mark with a smart drilled finish from the right and Brekalo's introduction as a substitute offered greater drive on the left flank, but this time there was to be no late comeback as Freiburg held to win.

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Arnold (Malli 84'), Camacho, Gerhardt (Brekalo 68') – Steffen (Ginczek 46'), Weghorst, Mehmedi

SC Freiburg: Schwolow – Kübler, Gulde, Koch, Heintz, Günter – Frantz (c) (Lienhart 67'), Höfler, Sallai (Waldschmidt 41') – Terrazzino (Niederlechner 75'), Petersen

Goals: Sallai (7'), Petersen (21'), Frantz (51'), Mehmedi (61')

Yellow cards: Sallai, Höfler, Niederlechner

Attendance:

Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Niederkassel)

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