VfL Wolfsburg got yet another busy week off to a disappointing start on Saturday evening, as Florian Kohfeldt’s men came up short on Bundesliga Matchday 15, losing 2-0 to VfB Stuttgart. Konstantinos Mavropanos (25’) and Philipp Förster (63’) got the decisive goals for the visitors in the Volkswagen Arena, with Wolves loanee Omar Marmoush also missing a penalty for VfB (79’).
The Wolves currently find themselves down in tenth spot in the table but have a chance to make up some ground as early as this Tuesday, 14 December (kick-off: 20.30 CET), when 1. FC Köln will be making the trip to Wolfsburg in the last home match of 2021.
0-1 Mavropanos (25’): There seems to be no danger when Stuttgart attack down the left flank, but all that changes in the blink of an eye as the ball bounces rather fortunately out of the box and into the path of Mavropanos. The Greek international lets fly from 20 yards, with Koen Casteels standing no chance as it nestles in the top right-hand corner.
0-2 Förster (63’): With little going on at either end, VfL lose the ball during a phase of build-up play near the centre circle and VfB launch a rapid counter-attack. Five of them bare down on the penalty box, and in the end Förster is the one on hand to double the visitors’ lead from close range.
Florian Kohfeldt: “That was certainly a disappointing evening for us, and not just because we lost at home but also because we lost two players to injury early on. Unfortunately it doesn’t look good for Paulo in particular. We didn’t play well, but in terms of chances created it wasn’t necessarily a deserved defeat. Unfortunately we weren’t able to avoid going 1-0 down, even though we had an extra man at the time. In the second half we conceded a second goal in an inexplicable manner, but then we still had chances to score ourselves. On the whole, we’re in a difficult period but the key will be to remain stable and fight against it.”
Pellegrino Matarazzo: “It was a very disciplined tactical performance from our team. I’m very happy with our defensive display, apart from the last 10 minutes, when we weren’t quite as in control. I’m very happy for the boys and I think they showed character today. We kept our composure despite difficult circumstances, focused on our performance and deserve to take all three points back to Stuttgart.”
Line-ups and stats
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Mbabu (66‘ Baku), Lacroix, Bornauw, Otavio (51’ Roussillon) – Vranckx (21’ Guilavogui), Arnold, L. Nmecha, Waldschmidt (66’ F. Nmecha), Steffen (66’ Lukebakio) – Weghorst
Subs: Pervan (GK), Brooks, Gerhardt, Ginczek
VfB Stuttgart: Müller – Mavropanos, Anton, Ito – Karazor, Massimo (26‘ Stenzel), Endo, Mangala, Coulibaly (80‘ Führich), Förster (74‘ Kempf) – Marmoush (80‘ Silas)
Subs: Schock (GK), Klimowicz, Al Ghaddioui, Fagir, Tibidi
Goals: 0-1 Mavropanos (25‘), 0-2 Förster (63‘)
Yellow cards: Bornauw, Arnold / Ito, Marmoush
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Niederkassel)
Attendance: 5,000 at Volkswagen Arena (Sold out)