VfL Wolfsburg made an emphatic return to the race to avoid relegation and got back on track, following three consecutive games without a win. On matchday 29, the Wolves secured a highly-deserved 3-0 (1-0) victory over FC Ingolstadt 04 at the Volkswagen Arena thanks to an own-goal by Markus Suttner (45'), along with further strikes from Yunus Malli (68') and Mario Gomez (80'). The win sees the Green-Whites hold their competitors in the race against relegation at a distance and extend their advantage over the direct relegation places to five points.
Jonker makes three starting eleven alterations
VfL head-coach Andries Jonker altered his starting eleven from the 1-4 defeat at FC Schalke in three positions, with Jakub Blaszczykowski, Yannick Gerhardt and Vieirinha coming in to replace Sebastian Jung, Jannes Horn and Yunus Malli. In added time at the end of the first-half, Luiz Gustavo played a pass out wide on the left to Didavi, who in turn played an excellent pass on to Gerhardt. VfL’s number 13 made a burst to the by-line before cutting a cross back across the goal, where Ingolstadt‘s Suttner attempted to clear but unwillingly turned the ball into his own net (45').
Malli celebrates first VfL goal, Gomez seals the deal
Having taken a somewhat fortunate, although unquestionably deserved, lead into the half-time break, the Wolves began the second period with the same attacking drive with which they had finished the first. It was clear that the hosts were determined to add a second goal as quickly as possible and put the game beyond their guests. Substitute Malli went extremely close to making an immediate impact at the Volkswagen Arena, but in spite of all of his technical abilities, the playmaker was unable to turn a powerful and high delivery from Vieirinha back on target (47'). The winter signing was determined to have a say though and eleven minutes later, Malli made the breakthrough. From an Ingolstadt throw-in, Maximilian Arnold won possession on the edge of the FCI box and cut a pass back square from the by-line for the number 10, who made no mistake from 16 meters out – 2-0 (68'). It was a preliminary decision in a hard-fought battle, which VfL were now in complete control of, with Ingolstadt unable to make effective progress into the Wolves half. There was duly to be further reason for Green-White celebrations, when Gomez got on the end of a delivery from Gerhardt, to make it 3-0 from five meters out (80').
First to Hertha, then come Bayern
And so was the score-line to remain at the final whistle! Thanks to the extremely important victory, the Green-Whites extend their advantage over the direct relegation places to five points and initially move into 13th place in the table on 33 points. Next Saturday, April 22nd, Jonker’s men travel to Hertha BSC (kick-off 15:30 CET). A week later, (Saturday, April 29th, kick-off 18:30 CET) Bayern Munich will be guests at the Volkswagen Arena.
VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Blaszczykowski, Knoche, Luiz Gustavo, Gerhardt – Bazoer (81' Seguin), Guilavogui –Didavi (46' Malli), Arnold, Vieirinha (88' Mayoral) – Gomez
FC Ingolstadt 04: Nyland – Matip, Roger, Tisserand – Hadergjonaj, Cohen, Morales (69' A. Jung), Suttner – Leckie (55' Kittel), Groß (82' Christiansen) – Lezcano
Goals: 1-0 Suttner (own goal, 45'), 2-0 Malli (68'), 3-0 Gomez (80')
Yellow cards: Bazoer, Knoche / Suttner, Matip, Cohen
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)
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