Summary

  • Caligiuri puts Wolves ahead on three minutes.
  • Gomez restores the visitors' lead not longer after Hazard equaliser.
  • Gladbach now with just one win in 11 outings.

VfL Wolfsburg claimed a morale-boosting win at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday evening to put some distance between themselves and the drop zone and end 2016 on a high note.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–2 VfL Wolfsburg

Goals: 0-1 Caligiuri (3'), 1-1 Hazard (52'), 1-2 Gomez (57')

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Gladbach and Wolfsburg were both in need of some Christmas cheer in this final league outing of 2016, and it was the Wolves who took the game by the scruff of the neck. In the third minute, Maximilian Arnold got away down the left flank, and whipped a ball across for Daniel Caligiuri to stab home. Wolfsburg should have made it 2-0 when Yann Sommer passed the ball straight to Julian Draxler, but the Gladbach keeper recovered to save from the German international, and Paul Seguin's follow-up attempt sailed just over the bar.

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Gladbach hit back not long after the break, as Thorgan Hazard came jinking down the left and pulled back for captain Lars Stindl – his effort was parried by Diego Benaglio, but Hazard raced in to pick up the rebound and slot home. The celebrations were short-lived, however, as Mario Gomez restored Wolfsburg's lead, latching onto a fine through ball from Draxler, shimmying past Sommer and rolling in for 2-1. Oscar Wendt had the best chance to equalise for the Foals, but fired just over the bar as Andre Schubert's side slumped to their eighth defeat of the season.

Three of Wolfsburg's four wins this season have now come away from home. © gettyimages / Maja Hitji

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Man of the match

After a rather quiet season by his own high standards, Draxler finally seems to be coming to life. The German international may not have got on the scoresheet on Tuesday, but he was a constant menace for the Gladbach defence, and coolly set up Gomez for Wolfsburg's winner.

Talking point

It's now just a single victory in 11 Bundesliga games for Gladbach, who are slipping down the table at an alarming rate and will be joining the relegation scrap if they fail to turn things around after the winter break. Worse, the Foals have gone totally off the boil at the BORUSSIA-PARK – since their 10-game winning streak came to an end in September, they have managed just one victory in six home outings.

Match stats

  • Caligiuri's opener for Wolfsburg was their fastest Bundesliga goal since October 2015, when Max Kruse scored in the first minute in a 4-2 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.  
  • Hazard's equaliser was the first goal that Gladbach have scored in the Bundesliga this season between the 46th and 76th minute.
  • This is the first time in six meetings between the two sides that the away side has claimed victory.

Line-ups

Gladbach: Sommer – Elvedi (Drmic 82'), Christensen, Vestergaard – Strobl, Dahoud – Korb, Wendt – Hazard, Stindl (c) (Hahn 72'), Raffael

Coach: Andre Schubert

Wolfsburg: Benaglio (c) – Bruma, Luiz Gustavo, Horn – Guilavogui – Caligiuri, Seguin (Blaszczykowski 83'), Arnold, Gerhardt – Draxler (Knoche 90+3'), Gomez (Mayoral 87')

Coach: Valerien Ismael

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