A clever one VfL Wolfsburg wins against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. A single well-played attack is enough against an unimaginative Werkself. VfL jumps to fourth place. Leverkusen remains in third place for the time being.
Goals: 0-1 Baku (35th)
The game started quickly. Especially the pace of the first few minutes is fast. You could tell that this was about something. Both teams wanted to take points in the battle for Europe. Leverkusen initially had more control and better chances. The home side could have taken the lead after just six minutes, but Alario’s cross from Diaby can only hit the post from six meters.
As a result, the Wolves wobbled again and again, but the Werkself’s finals were too imprecise to create a threat to Coen Casteels’ goal. Only after 21 minutes did Leverkusen succeed in another successful action on the right. Again Alario won the air duel after a Diaby cross, but Casteels was there and steered the ball over the bar. Again and again the strong Diaby could hardly be stopped. In the 30th minute of the game, Wirtz had the opportunity, but on the edge of the box he did not hit the ball properly. No problem for Casteels, who even held him.
As if out of nowhere, VfL Wolfsburg came in front of the hosts goal in the 35th minute. The Leverkusen defense was disorganized and Tah could not clear the ball properly. He rolled in front of Octavio’s feet, whose buttery flank Baku only had to net from seven meters. No chance for Casteels to fend off the header. Suddenly the guests came out of the Autostadt. By half time, Leverkusen found no more means to get dangerously in front of the Wolfsburg goal.
It actually seemed like a good starting point for an exciting second half. If the game continues as it did in the first 45 minutes, this would be a really exciting affair. But not that much happened. Wolfsburg limited themselves to concentrated defending and Leverkusen simply couldn’t find a means against the guests’ well-positioned defense.
The home side tried again and again with high crosses, but Brooks and Lacroix beheaded everything that came near them. That was simply not enough from the Werkself. Coach Peter Bosz showed the dissatisfaction. With this lack of ideas he couldn’t be completely satisfied.
It should stay that way until the end that VfL wouldn’t allow anything more. Leverkusen had to be chalked up that in the end, despite the playful possibilities, nothing was made of the superiority. Wolfsburg is enough a concentrated performance against weak hosts. So it will not be with the direct Champions League place for the team from the Ruhr area.