With a shooting match out of the relegation battle: With its highest win of the season, VfL Wolfsburg has eliminated the last doubts about staying up in the Bundesliga. Favored by a 67-minute majority, the Lower Saxony outclassed FSV Mainz 05 5-0 (5-0), improved to twelfth place in the table and put nine points between themselves and relegation rank 16.
Max Kruse had the greatest share in the completely safe success with a three-pack. The ex-national player, who was almost a total failure six days ago in the 6-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, scored in the 24th minute with a penalty kick and in the 35th minute and in injury time in the first half. Before the change of sides, Jonas Wind also scored twice (8th and 42nd).
“It was our duty to show a reaction, and we managed to do that today. The team did well and scored nice goals,” said VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels DAZN.
“In the first 20 minutes we were simply not there,” said Mainz’s Stefan Bell: “The first half was embarrassing for Mainz 05.” Coach Bo Svensson was even clearer: “Our first half was absolutely cheeky. I couldn’t have imagined something like that. We’ll have to talk about it in detail internally.”
After a nervous start, the early lead gave the hosts support. VfL captain Koen Casteels prevented Mainz from equalizing (15,) with a foot defense against Jonathan Burkardt, after which the guests dived completely. And from the 23rd minute they had to make do with just nine field players: Niklas Tauer saw the red card after video evidence, it was the fourth Mainz dismissal of the current season.
Mainz: Fifth defeat in a row sealed early
Even at this early point in time, the one-sided game was practically decided, and Svensson’s team were sealed their fifth defeat in a row. The coach often stood motionless on the edge of the field for minutes and seemed unable to comprehend what was happening. Despite this bankruptcy, his team defended ninth place in the table in front of 19,055 spectators.
Even after the highest half-time lead in their 25-year Bundesliga history, the North Germans didn’t give up at the beginning of the second 45 minutes without being able to create further clear chances to score. With a lot of running work, Mainz managed to free themselves from the Wolfsburg grip at least in phases. In the offensive, however, Mainz practically did not take place.
So VfL coach Florian Kohfeldt could afford to take his top scorer Lukas Nmecha off the field after a good hour. With a lot of commitment and long distances, the national player had torn many gaps for the two goal scorers Kruse and Wind.
VfL Wolfsburg – FSV Mainz 05: The data of the game