Daniel Didavi gave Wolfsburg's bid to remain in the Bundesliga a huge boost with a brace to defeat Freiburg. Divock Origi shined after a brilliant dribbling play allowed him to set up the second goal.
Goals: 0-1 Didavi (2’), 0-2 Didavi (83’)
The Wolves were hungry in their hunt through Black Forest and it didn’t take them long to strike. In the very first dangerous action of the match, Daniel Didavi stole the ball just outside the opposition’s box and opened the scoring with a powerful shot. After the early lead, the visitors remained in control and successfully limited the opposition’s advances. Freiburg’s first chance only came in the 20th minute through a harmless Manuel Gülde header that didn’t really put goalkeeper Koen Casteels through his paces. The rest of the first act was marked by parity and a conservative approach by both sides.
This same dynamic continued in the second half, with Wolfsburg holding a slight edge throughout. Divock Origi came off the bench and sealed the fate of the game in the 83rd minute with a superb dribble against Caglar Soyuncu that left him in a prime position to assist Didavi, who only had to tap the ball in to take a brace home. Casteels had his moment in the sun too after saving an injury time penalty by Nils Petersen. With this win, The Wolves are two points ahead of relegation play-off candidates Mainz and close in on Freiburg to only one point. The fight to secure a Bundesliga spot for next season is wide open.
- Freiburg leading scorer Petersen was sent off for the first time in his career on Matchday 28.
- Christian Streich’s side are without a win in their last six, and have only won twice in 2018.
- Only Wolfsburg have drawn more matches this season (14) than Freiburg (12).
- Wolfsburg scored two goals for the first time in 2018.
- Didavi is the Wolves’ highest scorer in 2017/18 with eight goals.
- Wolfsburg have won their last five games in a row in Freiburg.
Freiburg: Schwolow – Koch, Gulde, Söyüncü (Schuster, 85’) – Stenzel, Sierro (Kaputska, 81’), Höfler, Günter (c) – Haberer, Petersen, Kath (Kleindienst, 74’)
Unused subs: Gikiewicz, Kammerbauer, Kübler, Kempf
Absentees: Abrashi (knee), Ravet (match fitness), Stanko (knee), Niederlechner (knee cap), Frantz (fitness)
Coach: Christian Streich
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Verhaegh, Knoche, Jaeckel, William - Arnold, Camacho (c), Malli (Steffen, 90'+6)- Didavi, Dimata (Origi, 74'), Brekalo (Bazoer 90'+4)
Unused subs: Grün, Franke, Rexhbecaj, Osimhen
Absentees: Brooks, Jung (both fitness), Bruma (virus), Guilavogui (suspended), Tisserand (thigh), Gerhardt (ankle), Blaszczykowski (thigh), Mehmedi (foot), Uduokhai (knee)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia