Bundesliga: Wolfsburg’s crisis continues in Leipzig

Status: 01/23/2022 5:42 p.m

VfL Wolfsburg cannot find its way out of the crisis in the Bundesliga. There was also a bankruptcy at RB Leipzig for the “Wolves” who have now been without a win for eleven competitive games.

RB Leipzig won on Sunday (January 23, 2022) in the Bundesliga in front of only 1,000 spectators due to corona against the VfL Wolfsburg with 2:0 (0:0). RB defender Willi Orban (76th minute) took the lead in an overall tough game after André Silva had headed the ball to the right post. Leipzig’s second goal by Josko Gvardiol (84th) on his 20th birthday was only recognized after video evidence. Another Leipzig goal by Orban (58th) did not count because of offside.

Wolfsburg peers into the abyss

With 21 points now, Wolfsburg is only two points ahead of relegation place 16, which is currently occupied by FC Augsburg. The “Wolves” have been without a win in eleven competitive games, nine of which have been lost. Leipzig, who won the last three league games, kept close to the “premier class”. The Saxons are sixth with 31 points and are three points behind the targeted fourth place in the Champions League.

New dual leadership at RB

Before the game, RB coach Domenico Tedesco had warned that the high-quality Wolfsburg squad should not be underestimated despite the poor results. But the initial phase started moderately. Leipzig, who introduced Silva and Hugo Novoa in attack, took the initiative. But they couldn’t find any gaps against the VfL defence, while the guests were waiting for a counterattack.

That should change. After Wolfsburg’s John Anthony Brooks misjudged a long ball, Novoa (18th) was able to steal away and failed with the first dangerous end of the game from the inside right position by VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels. After that, the teams struggled a lot in midfield duels before Wolfsburg really posed a threat for the first time.

Gulacsi with strong parades

RB keeper Peter Gulacsi fished a free kick from Aster Vranckx (39) out of the bottom left corner – and the Belgian reappeared just a minute later. A ricochet from Jerome Roussillon suddenly landed in Vranckx’s penalty area, and Gulacsi saved his shot again. Yannick Gerhardt clearly overran the third attempt.

Gvadiol’s hit initially not recognized

Even after the break, both teams found it extremely difficult on the offensive, great chances were extremely rare in a game characterized by intensity. After VfL lost the ball, Silva put the ball on for Kevin Kampl (69′), but Casteels deflected the shot from 18 meters to a corner. Orban did better, who headed the ball over the line after hitting the crossbar by Silva. Gvardiol’s goal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant reversed that decision.

Leipzig in Bavaria, Fürth in Wolfsburg

Leipzig will play in Munich on the next matchday (February 5th, 2022, 6:30 p.m.), Wolfsburg will host bottom-placed Fürth the following day at 5:30 p.m.

Those: sportschau.de


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