In a match which always looked likely to be decided by a single goal, it was Freiburg’s Jonathan Schmid who came up with the goods in the 85th minute, just moments after Wout Weghorst had squandered a great chance for the Wolves. VfL will now have to pick themselves up in time for Thursday evening’s final Europa League group game at home to AS Saint-Étienne.
Head coach Oliver Glasner made just one change to his line-up after last Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against SV Werder Bremen, with Marcel Tisserand returning from suspension and replacing Robin Knoche at the back. Striker Daniel Ginczek, who made his comeback from injury as a substitute against Bremen, was left out of the squad.
Uneventful first half
There was little action of note during the opening period, with the two sides largely cancelling each other out. Christian Günter had the hosts’ best chance when he hit the side netting from the corner of the penalty area, while the Wolves’ most threatening moment came in the 33rd minute, when Weghorst headed over from Admir Mehmedi’s cross. Freiburg primarily threatened from set pieces, but Koen Casteels dealt comfortably with anything that came his way.
Late free-kick settles it
It was a similar story in the second half, with Freiburg managing to exert more pressure than they did in the opening 45 minutes but only rarely troubling the Wolves’ defence, who showed exactly why they have conceded the fewest goals in the Bundesliga this season.
The contest then burst into life during the closing stages. The visitors created their best opening on 82 minutes, when Jerome Roussillon’s teasing ball rolled through to Weghorst at the far post, but the striker could not quite wrap his foot around it enough. It proved to be a costly miss as just three minutes later, Schmid’s looping free-kick went in off the inside of the post. Glasner’s men searched desperately for an immediate reply, with William volleying wide from a tight angle, but Freiburg held on to claim their first home win over the Wolves in eight years.
SC Freiburg: Flekken – Gulde, Koch, Heintz – Schmid, Haberer, Höfler (Frantz 90+3‘), Günter – Höler (Schlotterbeck 90‘), Sallai (Kwon 88‘) – Petersen
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels - Brooks, Bruma, Tisserand – William, Guilavogui, Arnold (Schlager 83’), Roussillon - Joao Victor (Klaus 75’), Weghorst, Mehmedi (Brekalo 60’)
Goals: Schmid (85’)
Yellow cards: - / Joao Victor, Tisserand
Referee: Bastian Dankert (Rostock)