The end of the Europa League has had an effect. Despite an appealing performance, Borussia Mönchengladbach lost to VfL Wolfsburg 1: 2 (1: 1) after 94 minutes in the top class and thus missed the return to the top of the table. RB Leipzig thus remains the leader with 33 points ahead of Rheinländer, who now has 31 points in his account.
In a turbulent opening phase, Lower Saxony took the lead in the 13th minute through Xaver Schlager. Although a passive offside could not be ruled out on the TV pictures, the video basement in Cologne did not intervene. Therefore, the Austrian could look forward to his first Bundesliga goal.
Only 120 seconds later, the guests leveled through Breel Embolo, which was successful from close quarters. For the former Schalke, it was the season's sixth goal. Maximilian Arnold (90 + 1) gave Wolfsburg the three extra time.
"It was a committed performance from us from the very first moment. If you look back on those 90 minutes, we had more chances and therefore won in the end," said Wolfsburg VfL Sports Director Marcel Schäfer just after the final whistle. Cloud, Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer was combative: "It won't throw us off the rails."
Wolfsburg – Gladbach: High speed for both teams
25,580 spectators in the Volkswagen Arena experienced an intense and remarkable exchange of punches in the first place. The first highlight was a brilliant shot from Wolfsburg's Joao Victor in the fifth minute.
Both teams were looking for victory from the first minute. It was neither a cautious palpation nor a steady midfield build. Both back teams were put to the test several times and the keepers were on notice.
The high tempo continued even after the page change. This time Rhinelander prepared the first chance to score: However, striker Marcus Thuram failed in a direct duel against Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels (54th), who played his 100th Bundesliga match.
Then things started to happen: Three minutes later, the Belgian, who had extended his contract to 2024 on Wednesday, rescued Alassane Plea. Kevin Mbabu headed the Wolfsburg post 60 minutes before Arnold allowed the hosts to cheer again.
In the final phase, the site owners looked physically stronger, which was not surprising. Because VfL coach Oliver Glaser had saved more than half a dozen regular players in the sporting insignificant 1-0 win in the Europa League against AS Saint-Etienne. Wolfsburg was already a participant in the midfield before the last match day.