VfL Wolfsburg failed to trouble league leaders 1. FC Union Berlin on Matchday 7, going down to a 2-0 defeat in Köpenick. Jordan Siebatcheu (54’) and Sheraldo Becker (77’) secured the deserved three points for the hosts, who stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 14 games, while the Wolves remain in the relegation zone.
Following the international break, the Green-and-Whites host VfB Stuttgart at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday 1 October (kick-off 15:30 CEST).
- 1-0 Siebatcheu (54’): Having twice gone close just before, it’s third time lucky for Siebatcheu. Union’s summer signing gets ahead of Micky van der Ven at the near post to meet Becker’s left-wing cross with a deft glancing header into the far corner, leaving Koen Casteels helpless.
- 2-0 Becker (77’): The result is all but sealed by some impressive play from Becker. The forward skilfully controls Paul Seguin’s chipped ball with his shoulder and then buries it low to the right with his shin. After a quick VAR check for a possible handball, the goal stands.
Niko Kovac: “That was a deserved win for Union. From the first minute, we didn't know how to put up more of a fight and more passion. And everyone knows how Union have got to the top of the table – with passion, heart and fight. We needed to show that today ourselves and we didn’t. Subsequently we made two mistakes which then led to goals. The result is completely fair.”
Urs Fischer: “We deserved to win it. The first half was even – we had our opportunities and so did Wolfsburg. In the second half, though, the team showed a very mature performance. I was really impressed, I have to say. Three days after a European match, with a difficult journey back, they ran 122 kilometres and put in a huge effort to win this match. A great performance from my team.”
Line-ups and stats
1.FC Union Berlin: Rönnow – Baumgartl (62‘ Jaeckel), Knoche, Leite – Trimmel, R. Khedira, Gießelmann, Schäfer (76‘ Seguin), Haberer (62‘ Thorsby) – Becker (87‘ Michel), Siebatcheu (87‘ Behrens)
Subs: Grill (GK), Ryerson, Pantovic, Haraguchi
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Baku, Lacroix, van de Ven, Otavio (69’ Gerhardt)– Arnold, Franjic (79‘ Paredes), Svanberg (60’ F. Nmecha), Brekalo (79’ Kaminski) – Waldschmidt (60’ Marmoush), L. Nmecha
Subs: Pervan (GK), Bornauw, Fischer, Guilavogui
Goals: 1-0 Siebatcheu (54‘), 2-0 Becker (77‘)
Yellow cards: -
Referee: Robert Schröder (Hannover)
Attendance: 22,012 (sold out)