First Team

Final say

The facts following the Hoffenheim match.

Der VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Maximilian Arnold im Zweikampf.

The Wolves’ 3-1 defeat in Sinsheim saw them beaten for the first time this season. The 1-0 lead courtesy of summer signing Tiago Tomas was not enough in the end for Niko Kovac’s side, who now go into the international break on the back of a loss. We’ve again rounded up the key facts and stats after the game:

Hosts more efficient

Tomas may have been clinical with VfL’s first big chance to open the scoring in the 36th minute, but it was Hoffenheim who ran out winners thanks to their greater efficiency in front of goal. The hosts netted three times from 10 chances, whereas the Green-and-Whites came away empty-handed despite 13 attempts on goal. TSG also had a higher xG value (measures the probability of a goal being scored) of 2.02 to VfL’s 1.73.

More than a match

Although the most important statistic read 3-1 to Hoffenheim at the end, the Wolves were better in many other categories: more possession (61%), significantly more passes (523 to 338), a higher pass completion rate (86% to 76%), more crosses (17 to 12) and more successful dribbles (50% to 33%). The hosts won the majority (53%) of the duels, though.

Casteels tops poll

VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels came first in the fans’ vote for Man of the Match on Matchday 3. The Belgian, who could do nothing about any of the Hoffenheim goals, received 28% of the votes from Wolves supporters, beating Tomas (23%) and midfielder Mattias Svanberg (16%).

Debut for Sarr

The Wolves secured the services of forward Amin Sarr shortly before the closing of the transfer window. The Swede, signed from Olympique Lyonnais, came on in the 68th minute in Sinsheim and got his first 22 minutes in a green and white shirt.

Rogerio’s first Bundesliga outing

Left-back Rogerio also made his Bundesliga debut. The 23-year-old Brazilian, who joined from Sassuolo Calcio in the summer, got his first taste of the league having made his debut in the Wolves’ 6-0 cup win at Makkabi Berlin. He was then suspended for the first two league matches due to a ban carried over from Serie A.

Direct player comparisons

  • Distance covered: Grischa Prömel (12.5 km) / Maximilian Arnold (11.6 km)

  • Fastest player: Marius Bülter (34.57 km/h) / Maxence Lacroix (33.41 km/h)

  • Tackles won: Ihlas Bebou (16) / Maxence Lacroix (14)