Jeffrey Bruma’s first-half header for VfL Wolfsburg against Eintracht Frankfurt secured the Wolves their first home win of the season at the eighth attempt.
VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals: 1-0 Bruma (34′)
The game began with a bang as Wolfsburg very nearly took the lead from a first-minute corner, but the header from Mario Gomez, making his 250th Bundesliga appearance, went just wide of the far post. It was the closest either side came to taking the lead in the first 30 minutes as neither keeper was called into action despite a number of efforts from both teams. Gomez came close again just after the half-hour mark but failed to get a touch on a ball across the face of goal. However, the Wolves were not left disappointed for long as Jeffrey Bruma rose high to meet a Julian Draxler corner with his head to score his first goal for Wolfsburg and give the home side a half-time lead.
The Lower Saxony club had much the better of the early stages of the second half and Germany international Gomez again had chances to extend the lead but could not find a way past Lukas Hradecky in the Eintracht goal. Frankfurt then appeared to have a way back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty on the 65th minute, but Eagles’ substitute Alexander Meier sent his spot-kick over the bar. Wolfsburg knew the importance of today’s result and began to sit back and look to secure the points with 20 minutes to go.
Man of the match
Jeffrey Bruma will get the plaudits for the goal, Julian Draxler the credit with the assist, but Daniel Caliguiri was crucial for Wolfsburg’s win. The winger helped out his team both in attack and defence. Covering over 10 km during the game, he won 13 tackles, had the most touches of the ball for his side (61) and completed an impressive 29 of his 33 passes.
Wolfsburg have finally won at home this season at the eighth attempt, which is the longest they’ve gone without a victory in front of their own fans since 2006, but they had never waited this long for the first three points at home at the start of a campaign. However, there is still work to do for the Wolves as they have just five goals at the Volkswagen Arena this term, which is a league low.
- Bruma scored his first goal since April 2015 and his first in the Bundesliga since March 2013.
- Frankfurt’s unbeaten run of eight Bundesliga games has come to an end and they have just one win in 15 Bundesliga visits to Wolfsburg.
- Gomez managed six shots on goal in his 88 minutes, which was as many as the entire Frankfurt team.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio – Bruma, Luiz Gustavo, Rodriguez – Guilavogui – Caligiuri, Seguin (Blaszczykowski 88’), Arnold, Gerhardt – Draxler – Gomez (Mayoral 88’)
Coach: Valerien Ismael
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Abraham, Hasebe, Vallejo – Hector, Mascarell, Huszti (Meier 46’), Oczipka – Fabian – Hrgota, Rebic (Tarashaj 76’)
Coach: Niko Kovac
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