Joan Jordan (r.) Celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 in front of a home crowd.

23.11.2021 23:05

Wolfsburg before Champions League out: bitter defeat in Seville!

From Florian Mentele

Seville (Spain) – Was it that with the premier class for the VfL Wolfsburg? On the fifth day of the Champions League the Bundesliga representative had to admit defeat to Sevilla FC with 0: 2 (0: 1).

Joan Jordan (r.) Celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 in front of a home crowd. © Miguel Morenatti / AP / dpa

The goals in the Ramon-Sanchez-Pizjuan-Stadion were scored by Joan Jordan (12th minute) and Rafa Mir (90th + 7th).

Compared to the 2-2 draw against Arminia Bielefeld, coach Florian Kohfeldt switched to five positions. Pavao Pervan made his CL debut for VfL captain Koen Casteels, who was suffering from Corona.

Josuha Guilavogui, Maxence Lacroix, Aster Vranckx and Jerome Roussillon also played for Paulo Otavio (injury), Renato Steffen (hit on the calf), Kevin Mbabu and Sebastiaan Bornauw (both bench).

VfL Wolfsburg is finally celebrating the first three-point in the Champions League of the season and wrestling Salzburg down!
VfL Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg is finally celebrating the first three-point in the Champions League of the season and wrestling Salzburg down!

The hosts from Spain replaced four players after their 2-2 draw against Deportivo Alaves at the weekend. Marcos Acuna, former FC Schalke 04 player Ivan Rakitic, Munir El Haddadi and Alejandro “Papu started for ex-Werder Bremen footballers Ludwig Augustinsson, Oliver Torres, Mir (all bank) and Oussama Idrissi (not in the squad) “Gomez.

The game started cautiously, the Lower Saxony was nervous. Julen Lopetegui’s team dominated early through possession.

In the twelfth minute, the 1-0 lead fell for the hosts. Rakitic grabbed the ball with plenty of space on the right wing after the Wolves negligently defended a free kick. The Croatian crossed beautifully in the middle, where Jordan only had to hold his head from around five meters and Pervan didn’t give a chance.

The line-up of VfL Wolfsburg for the Champions League match against FC Sevilla

The starting line-up of FC Sevilla for the game against VfL Wolfsburg

VfL Wolfsburg cannot find their way into the game after falling behind

Goalgetter Wout Weghorst is annoyed.  In the first half, the VfL offensive rarely caused a goal threat.

Goalgetter Wout Weghorst is annoyed. In the first half, the VfL offensive rarely caused a goal threat. © Daniel Gonzalez Acuna / dpa

As a result, the wolves tried to work their way into the encounter, but the well-organized Andalusians made it difficult for the German representative.

After 23 revolutions of the pointer it finally got dangerous: Wout Weghorst showed a good overview on the right sideline and found Lukas Nmecha in the center. The DFB player knocked the leather on the box from a good 20 meters, but keeper Bono came up and steered the play equipment against the crossbar.

It should stay that way for the time being. The Kohfeldt-Elf tried hard, but found no means against the aggressive pressing of the LaLiga third party and often lost the ball while building up the game. So it went into the locker room with the well-deserved deficit.

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VfL Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg: Frontzeck is doing it for the time being – big names in the league are being discussed as successors!

Even after changing sides, the picture remained unchanged. Sevilla were more alert, barely revealed any gaps and always put offensive accents.

Wolfsburg was committed, but only ran behind for long stretches.

Sevilla FC made everything clear with the last action

Between joy and sorrow: Seville cheers, Aster Vranckx grimaces in pain.

Between joy and sorrow: Seville cheers, Aster Vranckx grimaces in pain. © Daniel Gonzalez Acuna / dpa

Especially with standards it meant trembling for the wolf pack. Almost an hour was played when the ball hit the right edge of the six-yard box after a free kick from Rakitic to Lucas Ocampos. Roussillon, however, threw himself into the Argentine’s tight shot, after which Guilavogui was able to clear (59th).

The Spaniards constricted VfL more and more in the course of the second round, Kounde (68th) and Gonzalo Montiel (72nd) also came to deals, but it was not really necessary.

On the other hand, the guests were no longer able to provide relief again. The Iberians controlled the match in the closing stages almost at will.

With the final whistle, Sevilla put the lid on: Wolfsburg opened completely and lost the leather in the build-up, Ocampos marched over the right side into the penalty area, put in the middle to Mir and he pushed in unhindered from three meters to the 2-0 final score ( 90. + 7). With this defeat, the wolves in Group G are running out of air. Lower Saxony need help against LOSC Lille on December 8th (9 p.m.).

The Kohfeldt troop receives on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) Borussia Dortmund to the top game in the Volkswagen Arena. And Sevilla FC is also facing a big task at the weekend (Sunday, 9 p.m.): The Andalusians travel to the leaders Real Madrid.

Cover photo: Daniel Gonzalez Acuna / dpa

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