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.
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