First Team

Wolves beat Leipzig again

VfL earn hard-fought 2-1 win over RB

Following on from their 1-0 DFB Cup triumph over RB Leipzig, VfL Wolfsburg beat the same opposition 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to end a five-game winless streak in the league. Jonas Wind scored his ninth goal of the season (9'), and after Yussuf Poulsen had equalised (52'), Rogerio netted the winner with his first goal for the club (66'). The Green-and-Whites are next in action on Saturday 2 December away to VfL Bochum (kick-off 15:30 CET).


  • 1-0 Wind (9'): Yes, the Wolves take an early lead! Mattias Svanberg floats an inviting cross into the penalty area, finding Wind, who heads it towards goal. Jonas Blaswich gets a hand to it but is unable to prevent the ball crossing the line, with Rogerio smashing it in again just to make sure. It counts as Wind's goal though – the Dane's ninth in the Bundesliga this term.
  • 1-1 Poulsen (52'): Despite VfL making a good start to the second half, suddenly the scores are level. Benjamin Henrichs plays a good ball through to Lois Openda and he sprints forward before squaring  for Poulsen to equalise.
  • 2-1 Rogerio (66'): Incredible! VfL take the lead again out of the blue! After a patient build-up, the ball comes to Wind who lays it off to his left. Rogerio comes tearing forward and smashes the ball into the corner – a brilliant first goal for the Brazilian summer signing.


Niko Kovac: "My team defended as if their lives depended on it. We knew we’d need to do that because Leipzig are a really good Champions-League-calibre side. It was a hard-fought win with a lot of passion. And it was a touch fortunate, as Koen was superb in goal and put in a world-class performance today. But you need that when you've only taken one point from five games, which is the situation we were in. I'm pleased we managed to win today. In terms of our football, we can do much better, although I have to say that both of our goals were really well worked."

Marco Rose: "Wolfsburg appear to be our bogey team of late. I'm very frustrated – not so much by the way the team played out on the pitch, because we did a lot of things well – but it's the result that makes me really angry. There’s no point talking about good luck or bad luck – at the end of the day, we had 90 minutes to turn the game our way and we didn’t."

Line-ups and stats

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Lacroix, Bornauw (46’ Jenz), Zesiger – Baku, Svanberg (83‘ Gerhardt), Vranckx, Rogerio – Cerny (73‘ Paredes), Majer (77‘ Arnold) – Wind (83‘ Tomas)

Subs: Pervan (GK), Fischer, Kaminski, Sarr

RB Leipzig: Blaswich – Henrichs, Simakan, Lukeba, Raum – Haidara (83. Carvalho), Schlager, Baumgartner (83‘ Seiwald), Xavi – Poulsen (73‘ Forsberg), Openda

Subs: Gulacsi (GK), Klostermann, Lenz, Moriba, Kampl, Sesko

Goals: 1-0 Wind (9‘), 1-1 Poulsen (52‘), 2-1 Rogerio (66‘)

Yellow cards: Svanberg, Zesiger, Lacroix, Casteels / Openda, Xavi

Referee: Robert Hartmann (Kempten)

Attendance: 25,350 at Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg