Wolfsburg (AP) – VfL Wolfsburg remain unbeaten this Bundesliga season and have even set a club record for the 2009 championship team with two late goals from Wout Weghorst.
The 2: 1 (0: 0) victory over Eintracht Frankfurt was the eleventh game in a row that the Wolves were without a defeat on Friday night. Only the surprising champions of Felix Magath and the cup-winning team around Kevin de Bruyne have managed such a series in Wolfsburg in the 2014/15 season.
With his eight and nine goals of the season, Weghorst (76th minute / penalty kick / 88th) hit another penalty from Bas Dost in the 63rd minute in the final phase. With the fifth victory of the season, VfL even jumped to a Champions League place for one night.
The Frankfurters had not only traveled to Lower Saxony without striker André Silva, but also without top management. Due to a positive corona test, the full three-person board of directors of Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG was quarantined just in case, the newspaper “Bild” reported. Silva was absent from the squad due to muscle problems. The striker duel with Wolfsburg player Wout Weghorst was therefore canceled.
Deprived of his most dangerous weapon, Eintracht initially put himself far behind him. In the beginning, this strategy only worked with a lot of luck, as VfL started very powerful and confident – but didn’t use their opportunities.
In the fourth minute, Swiss Kevin Mbabu dribbled between two Frankfurters and shot the ball flat into the penalty area. Maximilian Philipp did not end there. Only five minutes later, Xaver Schlager hit the post.
It then took half an hour until the next big opportunity (Philipp / 38th), because the Frankfurters were getting better prepared for this attacking urge. In addition, with Admir Mehmedi and Renato Steffen, VfL missed key attacking players, so new national player Ridle Baku, who was actually signed as a right back, this time played as a winger.
The game slipped further and further out of Wolfsburg’s hands in the second half. They were very lucky in the 55th minute when Filip Kostic walked alone to goalkeeper Koen Casteels, but the ball shot over the goal.
Moments later than the gap: VfL defender John Anthony Brooks knocked down Martin Hinteregger from Frankfurt in the penalty area. Referee Markus Schmidt did not see this error at first, but decided on a penalty after a hint from his video assistant. Dost did not miss this opportunity. He had already scored 48 goals in 116 competitive games for Wolfsburg between 2012 and 2016. Wolfsburg showed morale again.
Philipp shot from close range into the penalty area against the outstretched arm of Stefan Ilsanker – who immediately punished Schmidt with a penalty. Barely two minutes later it was almost 2: 1, but Eintracht captain David Abraham hit the line in front of his defeated goalkeeper Kevin Trapp after a shot by substitute Bartosz Bialek. What Bialek did not do, goal scorer Weghorst did two minutes before the end.