Darmstadt - Daniel Caligiuri’s late goal earned VfL Wolfsburg their first away win of the campaign at SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts started with plenty of vim and vigour at the Stadion-Merck am Böllenfalltor and almost took the lead when Konstantin Rausch’s goal-bound corner was tipped over the bar by Christian Mathenia. Despite enjoying plenty of possession, Wolfsburg were largely restricted to long-range efforts with Julian Draxler and Naldo both firing wide of the target, before the Brazilian headed Ricardo Rodriguez’s corner over from the edge of the six-yard box. Three minutes before the break, Rausch again went close for the Lilies when he toe-poked Marcel Heller’s cross into the side-netting.
Draxler was the Wolves’ most dangerous player in the first half and the former FC Schalke 04 man was the first to test Mathenia after the restart, firing into the Darmstadt keeper’s arms from the edge of the area. The 22-year-old went close again moments later as he sent a dipping volley inches over, before Bas Dost spurned a glorious opportunity to put the visitors in front after being played clean through by Dante. The winner eventually came 12 minutes from time when Caligiuri’s effort was deflected in off Junior Diaz, earning Dieter Hecking’s side their first win on the road this season.
Man of the match
He failed to find the net on Matchday 10, but Draxler was central to much of Wolfsburg’s attacking play at the Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor. The Germany international also registered more attempts than any of his team-mates in Darmstadt, including a dipping volley from 25 yards out that missed the target by inches.
Unbeaten away from home so far this term, Darmstadt have now picked up just five points from their six home matches in 2015/16. Dirk Schuster’s charges did not make life easy for the Wolves on Saturday, but failed to test Diego Benaglio after the interval. The Lilies have done remarkably well in their first season back in the top flight in 33 years, but their home form remains a worry.
- Despite only managing two attempts at goal in the first half, Darmstadt won 56 per cent of their attempted challenges.
- Julian Draxler had more shots (three) than any Wolfsburg player.
- Caligiuri’s goal was the first Darmstadt have conceded after the 70th minute this season.
Darmstadt: Mathenia - Garics (Jungwirth, 75'), Sulu, Caldirola, Diaz - Heller, Niemeyer (Rosenthal, 83'), Gondorf, Rausch (Kempe, 77') - Sailer - Wagner
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Dante, R. Rodriguez - Vieirinha (Schürrle, 79'), Guilavogui (Arnold, 65'), Gustavo, Draxler (Caligiuri, 75') - Dost, Kruse