Wolfsburg edged towards Bundesliga safety with what was eventually a comfortable victory to end Ingolstadt's three-game winning run.
Wolfsburg 3-0 Ingolstadt
Goals: 1-0 Suttner o.g. (45+1), 2-0 Malli (68'), 3-0 Gomez (80')
Much of the first half was befitting of a match between two sides with relegation worries, with little in the way of risk or chances in front of goal and Koen Casteels' flying save to deny Dario Lezcano's header the closest that events came to breaking the deadlock until the dying seconds of the half. Yannick Gerhardt broke at pace down the left wing before crossing, but his low ball into the area was intercepted by Markus Suttner at the near post and flew into the net, leaving keeper Orjan Nyland stranded.
Pascal Groß had a bouncing shot beaten away by Casteels, but thereafter Wolfsburg took a firm grip to seal a vital win. Substitute Yunus Malli timed a run to perfection to convert Maximilian Arnold’s cross, and Mario Gomez grabbed his 14th of the season when running on to another searching effort from Gerhardt to put the game beyond Ingolstadt.
Man of the Match
Malli made all the difference after replacing Daniel Didavi at the break, introducing some much-needed urgency to the Wolves’ midfield and fully deserving his first goal since moving from Mainz in January.
Wolfsburg will blow a big sigh of relief after a huge win in the context of the season. Ingolstadt remain in trouble despite their recent good run of form, and with Augsburg and Mainz both winning on Matchday 29, Die Schanzer will hope to turn it around at home to Werder Bremen next week.
- Suttner’s own goal was the first Wolfsburg goal since Andries Jonker took over that had not been scored by Mario Gomez.Gomez has now scored against all 18 of the current Bundesliga sides after finally grabbing a goal against Ingolstadt.The own goal was Ingolstadt’s first in the Bundesliga.
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Błaszczykowski, Knoche, Gustavo, Gerhardt - Guilavogui - Vieirinha (Mayoral 88'), Bazoer (Seguin 81'), Arnold, Didavi (Malli h-t) - Gomez
Coach: Andries Jonker
Ingolstadt: Nyland - Matip, Roger, Tisserand - Hadergjonaj, Cohen, Morales (Jung 69'), Suttner - Groß (Christiansen 82'), Lezcano, Leckie (Kittel 55')
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Watch: Goalscorer Yunus Malli on his side's "deserved win" over Ingolstadt: