Admir Mehmedi and Daniel Ginczek struck for Wolfsburg to pull off a surprise 2-1 victory away to an in-form Eintracht Frankfurt side on Sunday.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Wolfsburg
Goals: 0-1 Mehmedi (31'), 0-2 Ginczek (68'), 1-2 Jovic (87')
Frankfurt began with the confidence of a team that had grown accustomed to winning –10 victories from their previous 11 competitive outings was their impressive record prior to this fixture – and soon took control of proceedings. Filip Kostic had a couple of shots blocked before Jonathan De Guzman's effort hit a post as the Eagles appeared to be building up a head of steam. However, Wolfsburg were menacing on the counter and a Wout Weghorst shot that hit the crossbar was a warning sign the hosts failed to heed, as Mehmedi broke the deadlock shortly afterwards, ruthlessly finishing off another breakaway attack.
The second period continued in the same vein, with Frankfurt controlling possession but struggling to break down their visitors' resilient backline. John Brooks had the first chance of the half but headed over from close range, before Ginczek showed him how it was done in the 68th minute, volleying in Elvis Rexhbecaj's pinpoint cross from the left to give the visitors some breathing space. It was one-way traffic towards the visitors' goal in the closing stages and although Luka Jovic managed to pull a goal back for Frankfurt, Wolfsburg held on for a victory that lifts them to eighth in the standings.
- Mehmedi scored his third goal of the season here, finding the net away from home for the first time since December 2017. Ginczek also netted his third league goal of 2018/19 here. Frankfurt defender Carlos Salcedo was back in the squad for the first time since injuring his ankle against Werder Bremen on Matchday 2. Wolfsburg captain Josuha Guilavogui made his first appearance since damaging knee ligaments on Matchday 1. Yannick Gerhardt made his 100th Bundesliga appearance: his 46th for the Wolves, following 54 for Cologne. For the first time this season, Wolfsburg coach Bruno Labbadia kept the same starting line-up for two consecutive games following last week's 1-0 win over RB Leipzig.
Frankfurt: Trapp – Russ, Hasebe, N'Dicka – Fernandes (Gacinovic 63') – da Costa, de Guzman (Willems 63'), Kostic – Rebic – Jovic, Haller
Unused subs: Rönnow, Falette, Salcedo, Stendera, Hrgota
Absentees: Abraham (calf), Allan (ankle), Chandler (knee), Paciencia (knee), Torro (pubic bone)
Coach: Adi Hütter
Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Arnold, Rexhbecaj (Steffen 90+3'), Gerhardt – Mehmedi (Guilavogui 90') - Weghorst, Ginczek (Uduokhai 82')
Unused subs: Pervan, Verhaegh, Brekalo, Malli
Absentees: Azzaoui (knee), Camacho (ankle), Jung (thigh), Ntep (muscular), Tisserand (thigh)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
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