Wolfsburg - 2014/15 Bundesliga runners-up VfL Wolfsburg kick-started their campaign with a workmanlike 2-1 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Man of the match
The Wolves almost paid the price for a sluggish start when Eintracht’s Haris Seferovic fired home inside two minutes, only for the linesman’s flag to go up against the big Swiss forward for offside.
Wolfsburg’s first attack also yielded a goal, but there was no debating involved on this occasion as Ivan Perisic headed Max Kruse’s deft cross into the bottom corner. Bas Dost added a second moments later following a mix-up in the Frankfurt defence, before Stefan Reinartz reduced the arrears with the 12th Bundesliga goal of his career.
Often one whose performances fly under the radar, Perisic excelled for the Wolves. The Croatia international showed all his experience to head Kruse's clever cross back across goal for the game's opener and worked his socks off from the get-go in a very attack-minded line-up.
Had Seferovic's goal stood, we might have been looking at a completely different outcome. Although the Swiss international put in a decent shift in the absence of last season's top scorer Alexander Meier, the Eagles aren't quite the same proposition without their prized veteran striker.
Translation: That's it! Wolfsburg collect their first three points of the season after a 2-1 win over Frankfurt.
Stats of the match
- Wolfsburg scored with their first shot on goal. They did so ten times last season (a Bundesliga record).Dost has no scored more Bundesliga goals this calendar year than any other player.Half of Reinartz’s 12 Bundesliga goals have come from headers.Wolfsburg’s Dieter Hecking and Eintracht’s Armin Veh are the two most experienced head coaches in today’s Bundesliga, having overseen 291 and 279 games respectively.
Quote of the match
Timm Klose (Wolfsburg): "It's great having [Max] Kruse in our side - he's settled in very well and it's fun playing football with him."