Wolfsburg picked up their first win in three Bundesliga outings, beating high-flying RB Leipzig 1-0 at their Volkswagen Arena thanks to Jerome Roussillon’s second-half strike.

Wolfsburg 1-0 Leipzig

Goals: 1-0 Roussillon (50’)

Wout Weghorst came close to opening the scoring for the hosts after getting the break of the ball in the Leipzig box early on, but Peter Gulacsi – the league’s most miserly goalkeeper this season – stopped the chance on the line. Yussuf Poulsen headed an effort wide at the other end, but most of the first-half traffic was flowing in Wolfsburg’s favour and they really should have made it 1-0 when Daniel Ginczek was played through by Maximilian Arnold, but he pulled his effort wide with the goal at his mercy and the sides went in for half-time with the deadlock unbroken.

Admir Mehmedi smashed an effort off the outside of the near post less than a minute into the second half, before Diego Demme followed suit for Leipzig, but it was the Wolves who found the opener, and they didn’t have to wait long. Mehmedi’s shot deflected into Roussillon’s path, and the French left-back made no mistake in opening his account for the club from close range. Leipzig poured forward for the final half-hour, and Marcel Halstenberg was unlucky not to find a white shirt when he swung a dangerous free-kick into the area late on. Wolfsburg weathered the storm, though, and climb into the top half of the table with the win.

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Match stats

  • Roussillon scored his first Bundesliga goal, and his first senior goal at all since finding the target for Montpellier against Lille in March.
  • Roussillon’s goal was scored on the counter – Wolfsburg’s fourth this season. They had previously only scored five times this way over the last two campaigns.
  • Wolfsburg won for the first time in three Bundesliga matches. They had lost four of their previous five.
  • Leipzig suffered defeat for the first time in 11 Bundesliga games. They were two short of matching their league record of 13.
  • Leipzig have hit the woodwork a league-high seven times this season.

Line-ups

Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon – Arnold, Rexhbecaj, Gerhardt – Mehmedi (Stefen 73') - Weghorst, Ginczek (Brekalo 73')
Unused substitutes: Pervan, Verhaegh, Malli, Uduokhai, Yeboah
Absentees: Azzaoui (knee), Camacho (ankle), Jung (hamstring)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia

Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Konate, Orban (c) (Saracchi 70'), Halstenberg (Augustin 70') – Laimer (Cunha 80'), Ilsanker, Demme, Bruma – Werner, Poulsen
Unused substitutes: Müller, Mukiele, Stierlin, Majeschak
Absentees: Forsberg (groin)
Coach: Ralf Rangnick

As it happened

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