Liberation for the supposed Bayern hunter: RB Leipzig ended its mini-crisis at the start of the season with the first win on the fourth matchday of the Bundesliga. Thanks to an early goal, the DFB Cup winner beat the still unsuccessful VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 (1-0) and thus gave his coach Domenico Tedesco breathing space.
“Footballer of the Year” Christopher Nkunku shot the Champions League participant with a hand penalty after video evidence (5th) and with his second goal (90th) to victory. After only two points before the first round game of the cup on Tuesday (8.46 p.m. /ZDF and sky) at the same place against the regional league team Teutonia Ottensen.
VfL, who set their negative start record of 21 years ago with just two points from four games, are facing an uncomfortable week.
Compared to the 1: 2 at Union Berlin, Tedesco had changed his team in two positions: national players Marcel Halstenberg and Andre Silva pushed Josko Gvardiol and star returnee Timo Werner to the bench. In addition, Janis Blaswich again represented the ailing goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
At VfL, the recently criticized offensive player Max Kruse was allowed to start for the first time this season. “With Max we have someone who takes matters into his own hands,” said coach Niko Kovac sky-Microphone. The ex-national player was not very satisfied after the game. “It’s just sobering. We lost again, created few chances to score again and missed everything that we actually want to stand for. That was just not enough from A to Z,” said Kruse sky.
Wolfsburg sniffs the compensation – Leipzig wins
First, his team-mate Maxence Lacroix gave the hosts an early lead: a cross from Dani Olmo landed on the outstretched arm of the VfL central defender. After a short VAR check, referee Bastian Dankert pointed to the penalty spot – and Nkunku converted confidently.
After that, RB kept the pressure on, Olmo just missed making it 2-0 (15th). Wolfsburg rarely found their way into the opposing half – and when they did, RB countered dangerously. Mohamed Simakan headed over the goal from close range (35′), in front of which Leipzig appeared almost every minute.
Shortly after the break, Wölfe keeper Koen Casteels wobbled on a long-range shot by Konrad Laimer (49 ‘), in return the guests sniffed the equalizer for the first time: Substitute Omar Marmoush tested Blaswich with an oblique shot.
After that, the reserve keeper continued to be the focus of attention: first Willi Orban (57th) and then Gvardiol (60th) deflected opposing shots and forced Blaswich to use strong reflexes. The Wolves increased the tempo, on the other side Nkunku only hit the side netting (62′) before Olmo failed at Casteels (71′). Even after that, both teams remained offensively on the trigger.
RB Leipzig – VfL Wolfsburg: The coach voices
Domenico Tedesco (RB Leipzig coach): “We played well, similar to the weeks before, but today the result is right. After Stuttgart we assumed that we had missed the maximum number of great chances, but that’s when we got better instructed. We have to close the bag sooner.”
Niko Kovac (VfL Wolfsburg coach): “The early penalty threw us off course. Then Leipzig clearly dominated. It was better in the second half, we didn’t have many chances, but that little bit of luck is missing at the moment. We ended up made too many individual mistakes and gave away the balls. It could have gone even higher. We need to take more next week.”