First Team

Defeat against Freiburg

The Wolves slipped to an unfortunate loss against Freiburg at the Volkswagen Arena.

VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Jonas Wind holt zur Flanke aus.

VfL Wolfsburg suffered their second home defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 reverse against SC Freiburg, the result marking the team’s third straight loss in all competitions following defeats by Bochum and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Once again, the Wolves’ finishing let them down, as Niko Kovac’s charges were the better side over the course of the 90 minutes and barely let Freiburg have a sight of goal.

Match Summary

The Green-and-Whites began the game solid at the back, strong in the tackle and direct going forward, but allowed Freiburg to have the ball initially as Kovac’s charges sought to attack on the counter. VfL had a great chance to take the lead in the fourth minute though Mattias Svanberg, who hit the bar, and again through Lovro Majer in the 24th minute, but he fired over from 10 yards out. 
Freiburg clinically made the Wolves pay for those misses in the second half. While Wolfsburg looked to have the game under control, denying the visitors time or space to get into their rhythm, Michael Gregoritsch scored the winner out of the blue in the 74th minute from a set piece. 


  • 0-1 Gregoritsch (74’): VfL fall behind against the run of play. Freiburg deliver a free-kick from the left, which Matthias Ginter – lurking on the right-hand side of the penalty area – heads back into the middle. Merlin Röhl and Kiliann Sildillia both flick it on and eventually the ball comes to the back post, landing at Gregoritsch’s feet. He has little trouble to poke it into the net from close range. 


Niko Kovac: “It’s another disappointing evening for us. We invested a lot into the game but couldn’t score the first goal to put ourselves in the driving seat. We didn’t give them many chances from open play, only from two set-pieces. We need to keep going. Nobody wants to give up and nobody will give up.”

Christian Streich: “It’s a lucky win for us, no question. We weren’t good enough on the ball because Wolfsburg defended superbly out of possession. Huge credit to my boys for the desire and mentality they showed in throwing themselves into it. If you do that, you can earn yourselves a bit of luck. It’s not easy to come away with something in Wolfsburg against such a flexible and technically good side.”

Line-Ups and Stats

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Lacroix, Jenz, Zesiger (80‘ Vranckx) – Baku, Arnold, Maehle – Svanberg (80‘ Paredes), Gerhardt (80‘ Kaminski) – Wind, Majer (87‘ Bornauw)

Subs: Pervan (GK), Fischer, Cozza, Cerny, Pejcinovic

SC Freiburg: Atubolu – Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart, Makengo – Doan (58‘ Sallai), Eggestein, Höfler, Grifo (58‘ Höler) – Röhl (90‘+2 Adamu) – Gregoritsch

Subs: Müller (GK), Gulde, Kübler, Baur

Goals: 0-1 Gregoritsch (74‘)

Yellow cards: Arnold / Höfler, Sallai, Röhl, Höler

Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb)

Attendance: 20,146 at Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg