Goals from Daniel Didavi and Mario Gomez provided Wolfsburg with an important away win at Eintracht Frankfurt that helps raise the Wolves' Bundesliga survival hopes with just two games to go.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg
Goals: 0-1 Didavi (48'), 0-2 Gomez (63')
Eintracht were winless in their previous two encounters while Wolfsburg lost four of their last five games going into this encounter at the Commerzbank-Arena, so the nervous opening produced by both teams left few surprised. The contest’s first significant chance arrived after 17 minutes with Branimir Hrgota failing to take advantage of a Sebastian Jung lapse, Eintracht’s Swedish international striker firing wide of the upright. At the other end, Wolfsburg winger Paul-Georges Ntep blasted off target following some solid work by Daniel Didavi.
Fearing for their Bundesliga safety following a trying campaign, Wolfsburg raised their game significantly after the break, Andries Jonker’s side forging ahead on 48 minutes. Accepting Gomez’s through pass, Didavi applied a neat finish to celebrate his 100th Bundesliga appearance in style. Gomez then assumed his more recognisable role of goalscorer, the German international marksman scoring with aplomb after a breakaway goal. Marco Fabian and Haris Seferovic spurned decent chances for the hosts as the action intensified while Riechedly Bazoer was denied by goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky with the visitors finishing strongly.
Man of the Match
A century of games in the German top-flight and a performance to match from Didavi whose third goal in a Wolfsburg shirt sparked a solid second-half showing from Jonker's visitors.
Wolfsburg will know they are by no means out of relegation danger yet, however, this win ahead of final fixtures against Borussia Mönchengladbach and then, crucially, Hamburger SV provides the team from Lower Saxony with a significant lift.
- Gomez has been involved in 50% of Wolfsburg's goals this season.Wolfsburg earned only their second win on the road this term. Frankfurt went down to their first home loss in 12 games in which playmaker Fabian has featured in 2016/17.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky - Varela, Hector, Oczipka, Tawatha - Gacinovic, Stendera (Tarashaj 52'), Fabian, Chandler (c) - Rebic (Blum 67'), Hrgota (Seferovic 68')
Coach: Niko Kovac
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Jung (Blaszczykowski 84'), Wollscheid, Knoche, Gerhardt - Bazoer, Guilavogui - Ntep (Vierinha 73'), Arnold, Didavi (Malli 80') - Gomez (c)
Coach: Andries Jonker
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