First Team

Quarter-final hopes dashed

Wolves bow out of DFB Cup after 1-0 extra-time defeat in Gladbach.

VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Maxence Lacroix im Zweikampf mit einem Gegenspieler.

VfL Wolfsburg are out of the DFB Cup in the toughest circumstances imaginable. Head coach Niko Kovac’s team went down late on Tuesday evening in the round of 16, losing 1-0 after extra time away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, sending them out of the competition.

In front of a crowd of 39,827 fans at the Borussia-Park, the 90 minutes of regulation time ended goalless. VfL were then by far the better team in extra time but were caught cold in the 120th minute, with Manu Kone finishing off a counter-attack for the only goal of the game.

VfL will be back in action in the Bundesliga on Saturday 9 December (kick-off: 15.30 CET), when they play their penultimate home game of the calendar year against SC Freiburg at the Volkswagen Arena.


  • 1-0 Kone (120’): Bitter gall for the Wolves. As VfL press forward looking for the win and with Gladbach on the ropes, somehow the home team manage to launch – and finish off – a counter-attack. A cross from the right finds Kone perfectly placed in the centre and he sends an unstoppable close-range header past Koen Casteels for the only goal of the game.


Niko Kovac: “In the first half, it was a very evenly balanced and tactical match, with neither team wanting to risk a mistake. After the break and then in extra time, we were the dominant side and could have won the match in the 90th minute just as Gladbach managed to in the 120th. The team really fought hard tonight and played with passion. We’re really sad that we’ve been knocked out after such a disciplined performance over the 120 minutes.”

Gerardo Seoane: “First and foremost, we kept our shape in defence and then tried to be quick on the break. We defended well for long periods but over the 120 minutes, we still allowed them the odd decent chance here and there – some of them, Wolfsburg didn’t manage to capitalise on, and others we sorted out ourselves. Wolfsburg very much had the better of the big opportunities but my team left it all out there on the pitch and fought for every ball, so congratulations to my side.”

Line-ups and stats

Borussia Mönchengladbach: Nicolas – Scally, Elvedi (97’ Friedrich), Chiarodia – Weigl, Honorat (97‘ Neuhaus), Reitz (81‘ Kone), Kramer (81’ Hack), Netz – Cvancara (60’ Ngoumou), Plea

Subs: Olschowsky (GK), Borges, Herrmann, Ranos

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Lacroix, Jenz, Zesiger – Maehle, Vranckx (115‘ Majer), Arnold, Rogerio (23‘ Baku), Tomas (112’ Cerny), Gerhardt (112’ Svanberg) – Wind

Subs: Pervan (GK), Cozza, Fischer, Kaminski, Paredes

Goal: 1-0 Kone (120‘)

Yellow cards: – / Arnold, Gerhardt

Referee: Bastian Dankert (Rostock)

Attendance: 39,827 at Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach