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WHAT A WAY TO WIN IT FOR WOLFSBURG
We were treated to three outstanding goals here in Wolfsburg and none more so than Maximilian Arnold's strike to win it. The home side were the better of the two in the second half and probably deserved to find the net, but Gladbach will be very disappointed to have conceded so late on and give up their place atop the Bundesliga table.
WHAT A HIT TO POTENTIALLY WIN IT!
A high ball in the box is headed clear by the Gladbach defence but only as far as Arnold on the edge of the Gladbach box. He picks the ball out of the air with a sweet, sweet volley and gives Sommer no chance to stop it, finding the bottom corner in style for his second goal of the season.
We've got three minutes off added time to come here in Wolfsburg.
ROUSSILLON HAS A GO
Arnold battles with Herrmann on the edge of the Glabdach box and the ball runs loose to Roussillon who has a go with a first-time half-volley. The ball drags wide of the goal though with Wolfsburg looking the most likely to get a winner if we are going to see one here.
AS THINGS STAND
Gladbach will stay in their current position of second place, allowing RB Leipzig to go top of the table for the second time this season should the score stay as it is. Wolfsburg will leapfrog Hoffenheim into eighth with a point and at the moment, both defence's are winning the day.
ALMOST GREAT FROM BREKALO
The substitute latches onto Weghorst's flick-on and skips past a defender with one neat touch. He has space to shoot on his left foot but slices his effort high and wide of the mark.
SCRAPPY GAME NOW
Neither team has been able to take control in these last 10 minutes. Wolfsburg had several chances to take the lead earlier in this half, but Gladbach have been able to keep them out and are now going on the hunt of a winner of their own.
GLADBACH ON THE BACK FOOT
The Foals are beginning to see more of the ball in the last few minutes but they have been on the back foot so far in this second half. A fresh impetus in midfield might be needed sooner rather than later.
MBABU HITS THE POST!
Arnold swings in a great free-kick which several Wolfsburg players are looking to get on the end of. In the end, it's Mbabu who heads at goal, but it bounces back out off the post with Sommer left stranded. Wolfsburg dominating these game in the second half so far.
VICTOR IN ON GOAL...
The Brazilian forward is played in behind by a lovely pass from Arnold and shoots across goal with his right foot, but it bounces just past the far post of Sommer's goal with the Gladbach 'keeper at full stretch.
PLEA FORCES A GOOD SAVE
The Frenchman's shot takes a nasty dip in the air as it angles towards goal, but it goes straight at Casteels and he's able to adjust himself and save by kicking the ball away.
ARNOLD FIRES WIDE
It's clear that the Wolfsburg players are the ones wanting to get to every loose ball here, as Weghorst dives in to head possession away from Strobl on the edge of the Gladbach box. The loose ball falls to Arnold who takes a snap-shot on his left foot, but it drags wide of the mark.
WEGHORST WANTS A GOAL
The Dutchman is always the player who wants to score most on the pitch for Wolfsburg and it's the same today. The seven-goal man takes a free-kick with Maxi Arnold only able to watch on, but it gets blocked by the Gladbach wall.
WEGHORST GOES CLOSE
Gladbach can't deal with a looping ball in the box as Weghorst and Beyer battle for it. Knoche is the one who brings it down in the end and Weghorst takes the shot at goal after his touch, but it flies over Sommer and over the Gladbach goal.
Jordan Beyer is on in place of the injured Stefan Lainer at the break as we get things back underway.
GLORIOUS GOALS AND INTENSE THROUGHOUT
Plaudits go the way of Xaver Schlager and Breel Embolo at the end of that first half. Two fantastic goals within two minutes of each other had us level at 1-1 after just 15 minutes, and what followed was no less entertaining despite the lack of goals. Both sides have the clear intention of winning, but Wolfsburg know they have to defend first against the dominant Foals. It's going to be a fascinating second half here with three yellow cards already handed out and challenges still flying in.
The right-back has taken a knock here and will need to take some treatment from the Gladbach physio. He'll of course try and continue, but Jordan Beyer is an alternative on the bench for his position.
WOLFSBURG WORKING WITH SCRAPS
Gladbach have had more of the ball in the last 10 minutes or so but not easily, with Wolfsburg pressing them hard throughout the pitch to make it as difficult as possible for them. At the other end, it's been slim pickings since the goal and Wolfsburg are having to work with few opportunities to run at the Gladbach box.
GUILAVOGUI HAS A GO
A shot which stings the hands of Sommer, but is straight at the Gladbach No.1 and he is able to control at the second time of asking. A real end-to-end game here, with both teams playing well in this first half thus far.
GLADBACH FINDING THEIR FLOW
The Foals are beginning to play some of the football we've become used to seeing this season, with direct passes through midfield from either Ginter or Elvedi, as well as powerful running from the midfielders.
RECORD FOR EMBOLO
With his sixth goal of the season, Breel Embolo now has a new personal record for goals scored in an entire Bundesliga season. The Swiss international struggled with injury through much of his time with Schalke before joining the Foals in the summer just gone.
BROOKS GETS THE FIRST YELLOW
It was only a matter of time before we got our first booking of the game here in this highly-intense game, and it goes to John Brooks after his tactical foul on Breel Embolo.
John Anthony Brooks
VICTOR SHOT BLOCKED
Robin Knoche is high up the pitch on the right wing and sends in a perfectly-placed low cross into the box which finds Victor. He sends a first-time shot at goal but it's blocked by the Gladbach defence. We've got a wide-open game here.
A STUNNER FROM EMBOLO
Two minutes after Wolfsburg's fantastic opener, Gladbach respond with one of their own. Alassane Plea curls a deep cross to the back post to meet the run of Breel Embolo and the Swiss forward smashes home an outstanding volley with his left foot, giving no chance for Koen Casteels to keep a clean sheet on his 100th Bundesliga appearance.
WHAT A GOAL FROM WOLFSBURG
After winning the ball high up the pitch possession is quickly played out onto the left flank to Roussillon. He stands up Stefan Lainer and then puts the ball through his legs before racing beyond him to regain possession. A quick look up to find Schlager in the box and the midfielder smashed home his first goal of the season at the near post beyond Sommer.
CHALLENGES COMING IN
Each side has given away a free-kick in the early stages here after a late challenge from one of their players. Referee Felix Brych may have to brandish the first yellow card of the game for the next one.
BRIGHT START FROM THE WOLVES
The home side have laid down their intentions early here and are producing some powerful football to start. Hard challenges and high pressing matched by some slick play on the ball. Oliver Glasner will be pleased, while Gladbach will be looking to kick-start this game very soon.
WHAT A HIT FROM VICTOR!
Champagne football from Wolfsburg as they seamlessly play their way through the Gladbach team and bring the ball out to the left. Joao Victor picks it up and carries the ball inside onto his right foot before unleashing a thunderous strike at goal which Sommer is powerless to stop, but the post comes to his rescue.
A KNOCK FOR GINTER
The Gladbach defender should be able to carry on after taking a knock in an early challenge here. He'll be vitally important for the Foals today.
It's a big one in Wolfsburg for both sides and we're now underway for the first of our Sunday double header.
CHANCE FOR WOLFSBURG
The Wolves will be looking to take their Europa League form into this game and hand Gladbach only their fourth defeat of the season. A win would take Wolfsburg on 23 points into eighth but most importantly, only 10 points behind league leaders RB Leipzig.
EUROPA LEAGUE JOY AND WOES
Both of these sides were in action on Thursday as they played the final games of the Europa League group stages, and both had very different fortunes. Wolfsburg's place in the knockout rounds was already secured before they faced St-Etienne, but Paulo Otavio still helped his side to a 1-0 win. A different story for Gladbach though as they were defeated 2-1 at home by Istanbul Basaksehir and therefore missed out on the knockout rounds by just one point.
GLADBACH IN SECOND
The Foals came into Matchday 15 as league leaders but have fallen into second place after RB Leipzig's 3-0 win away at Fortuna Düsseldorf yesterday. Now two points behind the Saxony club, Gladbach need a win to keep their place atop the Bundesliga going into the final week of Bundesliga football in 2019.
FULL FORCE ATTACK
Breel Embolo, Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram all start for Gladbach this afternoon. Behind them in midfield is Jonas Hofmann, Laszlo Benes and Tobias Strobl - making up for the absence of Denis Zakaria, who is missing through suspension. There are also plenty of options from the bench for Marco Rose's side.
We'll have to wait and see exactly how the home side set up. They have been used to playing with three at the back this season, but changed to a four-man defence in midweek and appear to be playing that way again today. Josuha Guilavogui could drop in and form a three-man backline with Robin Knoche and John Brooks. In attack, Renato Steffen and Joao Victor are preferred to Josip Brekalo and Felix Klaus.
Sommer (c) – Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Benes, Strobl, Hofmann – Embolo, Plea, Thuram
Sippel, Kramer, Herrmann, Raffael, Stindl, Beyer, Wendt, Jantschke, Neuhaus
Casteels – Mbabu, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Schlager, Guilavogui (c), Arnold – Steffen, Victor – Weghorst
Pervan, William, Bruma, Otavio, Brekalo, Klaus, Gerhardt, Ginczek, Rexhbecaj
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