WHAT A MATCH!
Wolfsburg complete a perfect week with a third straight win, taking them into fifth place for the winter break. It's heart-breaking for Augsburg, though, as they had fought their way back into the game and were pushing for a winner when they suffered the sucker-punch at the death. What a match that was!
90' + 3'
GERHARDT ON THE BREAK!
That's route one football and it works! Casteels sends the ball long to the right wing and Gerhardt times his run perfectly to meet Renato Steffen's cross from six yards and put the Wolves back in front! What drama!
GOAL!2 : 3
Hahn crosses from the right and Cordova is close to putting Augsburg ahead! There could still be a sting in the tail of this game!
STAFYLIDIS' SHIFT ENDS
It's been a good 83-minute season debut for Stafylidis, but he has been tiring of late. His replacement Framberger almost makes an immediate impact with a dangerous cross whipped in from the right, but Wolfsburg clear their lines.
The corners have been very dangerous today and another almost leads to a goal. Yannick Gerhardt receives the ball and gets the next shot in on Luthe's goal, but it's an easy save for the Augsburg custodian.
TIGHT ANGLE FOR MEHMEDI
Admir Mehmedi tries to thread the ball through the narrowest of needles, and he cannot hit the target from there. That was one of only a few chances Wolfsburg have had in this second half, but a warning that something could still happen here - at either end.
As Wolfsburg prepare to take a corner, the pigeon is back, pecking away at the pitch. The bird-whisperer Stafylidis is this time on the other side of the field, though, and does not intervene this time.
Augsburg have never recovered from a 2-0 deficit to win a Bundesliga game. Are we witnessing history in the making?
AS THINGS STAND
Augsburg's comeback has helped put an extra point between them and the bottom three, while Wolfsburg remain sixth - as things currently stand.
Could we be following the same script as the first half? After 20 minutes of home domination, Wolfsburg almost score with their first chance of the second 45 minutes - Danso getting in a crucial block. Could that fuel the Wolves' belief?
If Sergio Cordova wore size 13s, Augsburg might just have taken the lead. He was so close to meeting the ball with his toe before Casteels scooped it up.
With his side facing Augsburg's fury, Labbadia makes a defensive change just to shore things up for a while.
GOOD OMEN FOR AUGSBURG?
The last time Khedira scored was also the last time they won in the Bundesliga, on Matchday 7 against Hannover.
What a transformation in this second half, thanks to the changes Baum made at the interval. Cordova shows how much he wants to get his name on the scoresheet as he launches himself into Schmid's cross and heads into the bottom left-hand corner. Game on!
GOAL!2 : 2
Khedira and Ginczek fighting over the ball with play halted. A bit of handbags earns both a warning from the referee.
DANGER IN THE BOX
A low cross from Jonathan Schmid sparks panic in the Wolfsburg penalty area and Koen Casteels is happy to have the chance to take a bit of the sting out of Augsburg's game and slow things down a bit.
HEAR THE FANS!
That goal has boosted the fans, and they celebrate a corner as if they have equalised! They are trying all they can to be Augsburg's 12th man, and how much the Bavarians need that extra hand.
GOAL FOR AUGSBURG
It may have been a bit scrappy, but Augsburg won't mind that. Hahn's cross finds its way to Rani Khedira and while he might not have known too much about it, he has brought Augsburg back into this game!
GOAL!1 : 2
Andre Hahn and Sergio Cordova come on for the hosts, taking the place of Michael Gregoritsch and Marco Richter. Manuel Baum ringing the changes, but will it bring the desired reaction?
WOLVES DESERVEDLY AHEAD
After a bright start from the hosts, it has been all Wolfsburg here and Augsburg can perhaps count themselves lucky they are still in the game at the midway stage. You can see the confidence in the Wolfsburg players as they head towards what would be a third win in a single week.
45' + 1'
ONE MINUTE ADDED ON
Will there be a further goal before half-time?
LESSON NOT LEARNT
Augsburg once again leave far too much space in their penalty area for Knoche to rise and head, unchallenged, towards goal. He misses the target and Augsburg will be happy to hear that half-time whistle.
It has been in the air and here it is, a second goal from Wolfsburg. A bit of pinball in and around the penalty area and William's shot from outside the area nestles in the bottom right-hand corner, perhaps with a deflection off Weghorst's heel.
GOAL!0 : 2
Arnold very nearly doubles Wolfsburg's lead, but Luthe gets down well to make a crucial save. Augsburg riding a storm here.
Gregoritsch gets the first yellow card of the game and it was clearly a case of frustration on his part. Coach Manuel Baum needs to find a way of getting his team playing as they were in the opening 15 minutes.
AS THINGS STAND
Wolfsburg are sitting fifth in the table while Augsburg remain 15th.
FIRST GOAL FROM CORNER FOR WOLFSBURG!
Wolfsburg take the lead with their first goal from a corner this season! Arnold delivers the ball again and it is Brooks who stoops to turn the ball towards the far post, where Josuha Guilavogui is unmarked and well-placed to convert his second of the season. 0-1!
GOAL!0 : 1
Amid all the drama of recent minutes, there was a moment of calm as a pigeon decides to invade the pitch. Kostas Stafylidis' first real involvement in the game is to lift the bird to safety. Dangerous incursion from the winger...
OVER THE BAR
Augsburg's response is an effort from Michael Gregoritsch which dips, but still just clears the crossbar. Soon after, Rani Khedira flashes a shot into the side-netting. This game is now starting to open up!
HIT THE POST!
Even closer from Wolfsburg! Weghorst pulls the trigger from long range and the ball hits the post. There was a slight deflection off Danso as the ball skimmed past Andreas Luthe onto the woodwork.
HALF OF THE FIRST HALF WITH TWO HALVES
We're midway through the first half and it's safe to say this first 25 minutes has been divided evenly: Augsburg started the better, but Wolfsburg have improved and had a few good chances.
That is the closest we have come to a goal! Wout Weghorst is leaning back as he meets Yannick Gerhardt's cross with his head, but the ball goes agonisingly wide of the far post. His hands are on his head and he knows that is an opportunity missed.
FIRST CORNER FOR WOLFSBURG
Wolfsburg earn their first corner of the game and John Brooks and Robin Knoche are both in the area. Maximilian Arnold curls the ball in but... where are the giant defenders? Nobody is at the far post, where the ball arrives.
Finally an incursion into the Augsburg area by Wolfsburg, but after a good string of passes, there was no support for Daniel Ginczek. Now the offside flag is up to deny Wolfsburg what would otherwise have been their first shot on goal, although the decision is questionable.
A nice cross from Jonathan Schmid is begging to be nodded in by Finnbogason, but Robin Knoche comes to Wolfsburg's rescue with a crucial flick to head the ball out of the Icelandic forward's reach. Good job he's 6'4", Knoche.
The second effort of the game comes for the hosts and it is Finnbogason who would have fancied a bit more of the curl he had on that earlier cross on this effort, which does not catch Casteels out at his near post. 2-0 on attempts, 0-0 still the scoreline.
CORNER FOR AUGSBURG
After having the fist shot, Augsburg have also earned the first corner, but Alfred Finnbogason's curling cross sails beyond man and mouse, and the far post.
WOLFSBURG FINDING THEIR FEET
Wolfsburg coach Bruno Labbadia is in discussion with his assistant and both appear to be pondering a few tactical changes. So far, they have struggled to advance into the Augsburg half, with the hosts on top.
There is the first shot of the game, and it is Augsburg's Marco Richter who provides it. He cuts in from the left, onto his right foot, but there is not enough venom behind his effort and Koen Casteels clutches the ball to his chest.
A foul after just a handful of seconds already suggests this could be quite a battle out there, both sides not giving an inch, and biting at the heels of their opponents.
The teams are out on the field and kick-off is approaching. Can Wolfsburg climb into the top five? Will Augsburg pull away from the relegation zone? We'll find out soon!
Philipp Max was the last Augsburg player still standing, or rather their last player to have appeared in every single minute of every single game this season. He misses his first minutes of the season today, though.
Gian-Luca Itter makes his first start of the season for Wolfsburg. He has played three minutes to date (on Matchday 9 in Düsseldorf), but now starts a game for the first time this term, replacing the injured Jerome Roussillon.
Kostas Stafylidis comes in for his first Bundesliga appearance of the season. Injury has limited him to just one appearance on the bench so far this term. His last game for Augsburg was way back in November 2017!
Casteels – William, Knoche, Brooks, Itter – Gerhardt, Guilavogui (c), Arnold – Mehmedi – Weghorst, Ginczek
Luthe – Schmid, Gouweleeuw, Danso, Stafylidis – Khedira, Baier (c) – Koo, Gregoritsch, Richter – Finnbogason
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