WIND HAPPY WITH WINNING DEBUT
A much-needed first win for Wolfsburg in 12 games and one Vranckx will remember, as he opened his account for the club. Fürth fought hard and deservedly levelled, but two deflected goals took the wind from their sails and they had no response to the Wolves' second-half onslaught.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Maxence Lacroix 33.43km/h
Sebastian Griesbeck 32.85km/h
Jeremy Dudziak 32.59km/h
Micky van de Ven
John Anthony Brooks
SECOND DEBUT OVER
Kruse's second debut for the Wolves lasted 82 minutes. He covered 9km and had one shot.
Fürth seem to have lost all belief after that fourth goal, those two cruel deflections shattering them and probably sealing another defeat for the cellar dwellers.
ANOTHER DEFLECTED GOAL!
Maximilian Philipp sends in a powerful volley which, like with Arnold's goal, takes a deflection to leave Burchert no chance. Surely that's enough for victory?
GOAL!4 : 1
PICK THAT ONE OUT!
Arnold's free-kick takes a deflection and makes it unstoppable for Burchert, with Wolfsburg now two goals ahead.
GOAL!3 : 1
GONE WITH THE WIND
Wolfsburg's new signing Jonas Wind has left the field without having managed a single shot at goal on his debut.
Six fresh legs replace six tiring ones, as Wolfsburg coach Florian Kohfeldt tries to prevent a repeat of the first half, when his team started strongly and faded.
Fürth almost level from a corner with Hrgota within inches of touching the ball in at the far post!
The pace of the game is increasing with Fürth forced to find a route back into the game, and this is opening up gaps.
FIRST BRACE OF THE SEASON
Not only is that Vranckx's first Bundesliga brace, it is the first for any Wolfsburg player in the league this season.
VRANCKX DOUBLES UP!
He's scored his first Bundesliga goal, gone close to two more and now… he's got his second, and you wouldn't bet against him completing a hat-trick, the way he is playing! Vranckx lashes the ball into an open goal after Burchert raced off his line and missed his punch.
GOAL!2 : 1
That was the chance for Kruse to score on his return, but with only Burchert to beat, he's placed his shot wide of the post!
LIKE IN THE FIRST HALF
Wolfsburg make the brighter start with Lacroix attempting an overhead kick on Burchert's goal.
An even game between two sides with plenty to play for.
ALL SQUARE, ALL FAIR
Fürth responded well to an early wave of Wolfsburg pressure, which yielded the opening goal. On balance, the guests deserved to level and a draw at the break is a fair result.
FIVE OUT OF FIVE!
Fürth's penalty taker Hrgota extends his perfect record from the penalty spot.
He sends Casteels the wrong way, and there is the goal that Fürth wanted before half-time!
Here's a chance for Fürth, with Hrgota taking the spot-kick, given by VAR for a foul by Bornauw inside the area that was missed.
GOAL!1 : 1
Possible penalty for Fürth!
Situation No penalty
Another effort from the scorer of the only goal of the game so far, this one from a direct free-kick which he curls over the wall, but also over the goal.
Fürth are starting to get on top of this game and are looking for an equaliser before the break.
The Fürth captain sends his free-kick low past the Wolfsburg wall, but Casteels gets down to deal with it. The guests now with more shots than their hosts, but still trailing 1-0.
A lovely dip of the shoulder duped three Wolfsburg defenders and made room for a shot which Casteels did well to push away, Leweling's second shot beaten away by the Belgian this evening.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Maxence Lacroix 33.43km/h
Yannick Gerhardt 32.58km/h
Renato Steffen 31.72km/h
VRANCKX SO CLOSE!
After waiting so long for his first Bundesliga goal, Vranckx almost got his second within 20 minutes! He probably should have been celebrating too, but instead placed a free header wide of the left-hand post.
FÜRTH FIGHTING BACK
1 off target
1 on target
1 off target
1 on target
HOSTS HOLDING THE BALL
It has been mostly Wolfsburg on the attack, but Tillman has a go for the guests, missing the target. So far, the hosts are cutting a much more confident figure.
That goal ended a drought of 405 minutes without a goal for Wolfsburg, shy of their club record from 2012/13 of 457 minutes.
VRANCKX CELEBRATES MAIDEN BUNDESLIGA GOAL
© Wolfgang Zink / Imago
FIRST FOR VRANCKX
It is his 12th Bundesliga game, and now Aster Vranckx has his first goal.
FIRST CHANCE TAKEN!
Wolfsburg draw first blood with their first chance of the game! Steffen's drive from an angle comes back off the far post and it's right at the feet of Vranckx, who tucks it in from close range.
GOAL!1 : 0
First chance of the game and it fall for Leweling, whose shot from an angle is saved well by Casteels!
FOOT ON THE BALL
Wolfsburg are playing the ball around, not yet letting their opponents near the ball.
TEAMS ARE OUT!
A light show welcomes the two teams out onto the turf at the Volkswagen Arena.
ENFORCED CHANGE FOR FÜRTH
Fürth are without Marco Meyerhöfer, meaning Simon Asta starts. His last start came on 27 November 2021 in the 6-3 defeat to Hoffenheim.
Max Kruse makes his first appearance in a Wolfsburg shirt since 14 May 2016, a full 2094 days ago. That was a 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart - will he and Wolfsburg be celebrating again today?
WIND IN WOLFSBURG
FÜRTH HAVE ARRIVED
FÜRTH STARTING XI
Burchert - Asta, Griesbeck, Viergever, Willems - Seguin, Christiansen, Tillman - Dudziak - Leweling, Hrgota (c)
Linde, Bauer, Pululu, Abiama, Nielsen, Raschl, Jung, Itter, Green
WOLFSBURG STARTING XI
Casteels (c) - Lacroix, Bornauw, Brooks - Baku, Vranckx, Arnold, Gerhardt - Kruse, Steffen - Wind
Pervan, Van de Ven, Waldschmidt, Roussillon, Philipp, Bialek, F. Nmecha, Lukebakio, Paredes
WATCH: PREVIOUS MEETING: FÜRTH 0-2 WOLFSBURG
This will be just the fourth Bundesliga meeting between these teams. They first locked horns in the top flight in 2012/13, with the sides drawing 1-1 in Wolfsburg before the Wolves triumphed 1-0 in Fürth. Wolfsburg also won away earlier this season too, earning a 2-0 success back on Matchday 4.
WATCH: MAX KRUSE'S TOP 5 BUNDESLIGA GOALS
The Wolves reacted to their situation by making several moves in the winter transfer market. Wout Weghorst, Admir Mehmedi, Josuha Guilavogui and Daniel Ginczek all left the club, while Max Kruse was the headline signing from Union Berlin. Fellow attacker Jonas Wind is another newcomer to keep an eye on, as is up-and-coming American teenager Kevin Paredes.
There are still plenty of games and points left in the season, but this match already has the distinct feeling of a relegation six-pointer. Wolfsburg's 11-game winless run in all competitions has seen them plummet to 16th in the standings on 21 points. Fürth, by contrast, are enjoying their best spell of the season, and are unbeaten in four. They're still bottom of the table and 11 points adrift of Wolfsburg though, so only a win will do for them here.
Here you can find all the information about Wolfsburg against Fürth on Matchday 21.