SV Darmstadt 98 inflicted more misery on ten-man VfL Wolfsburg after goals from Änis Ben-Hatira, Laszlo Kleinheisler and Sandro Sirigu allowed the Lillies to leapfrog their opponents in the Bundesliga standings.
SV Darmstadt 98 3-1 VfL Wolfsburg
After a cautious opening to the contest, Jeffrey Bruma's mistimed back pass in the 23rd minute changed the complexion of this game. Looking to atone for his error, Bruma halted Kleinheisler's run towards goal and the Dutch defender had no complaints after the referee brandished a red card. Reduced to ten, Wolfsburg's punishment was compounded from the subsequent free-kick, Ben-Hatira finding the top corner of Koen Casteels' goal with a sweetly struck set-piece.
Mario Gomez's headed goal – his first in Wolfsburg's colours - from a Ricardo Rodriguez corner on the hour momentarily stalled Darmstadt's momentum, but the hosts soon retook the lead after Kleinheisler powered in Rodriguez's loose clearance. Taking temporary charge following Dieter Hecking's departure, coach Valerien Ismael urged the visitors forward, but looked on in despair when his side gifted their opponents possession and then allowed Sirigu a clear run and low shot at the target that flew in for 3-1. From there, the home celebrations truly began.
Man of the Match
An alert and lively presence throughout, Darmstadt's Kleinheisler was involved in the game’s pivotal moment when he was fouled by Bruma midway through the first half. The hosts subsequently took the lead, while Kleinheisler would later take his opportunity superbly when pouncing on Rodriguez's lofted clearance.
Having parted company with Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg are under the temporary tutelage of Ismael and the 41-year-old will have seen enough to concern him in a defeat that leaves the Wolves struggling in the lower reaches and without any clear on-field strategy.
- Darmstadt have won all eight of their Bundesliga points this season at their Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor.Gomez's first goal for Wolfsburg was also his first against Darmstadt, one of three Bundesliga teams he had previously failed to register against.The Wolves have failed to win a Bundesliga game since the opening day the season.
Darmstadt: Esser - Höhn, Milosevic, Sulu (c), Guwara - Jungwirth, Gondorf - Ben-Hatira, Kleinheisler (Niemeyer 80'), Bezjak (Sirigu 56') - Schipplock (Colak 74')
Coach: Norbert Meier
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Träsch, Bruma, Rodriguez, Schäfer (Seguin 69')- Gustavo (c), Gerhardt - Caligiuri (Knoche 26'), Arnold, Draxler (Mayoral 84') - Gomez
Coach: Valerien Ismael