Wolfsburg crisis continues: Havertz injury clouded Bayer victory


VfL Wolfsburg remain unbeaten for nine games at the start of the season – and now lose for the fourth time in a row. After the Europa League defeat on Thursday brings the Sunday match in the Bundesliga no improvement. Bayer Leverkusen prevail despite the failure of Kai Havertz.
With the third away win of the season Bayer Leverkusen has made in the Bundesliga the connection to the upper third. The Rhinelander won on Sunday at VfL Wolfsburg with 2: 0 (1: 0) and can go with a good feeling in the upcoming international break. Karim Bellarabi (25th minute) and Paulinho (90 + 6) scored the goals for coach Peter Bosz's team. For Wolfsburg, however, it was the fourth competitive defeat in series. The good start to the season has long been forgotten in the VW city, instead, the VfL is gradually in crisis.

VfL Wolfsburg – Bayer Leverkusen 0: 2 (0: 1) Wolfsburg: Pervan – Tisserand, Bruma, Knoche (83rd Nmecha) – William, Guilavogui, Arnold, Roussillon – Klaus (74th Steffen), Weghorst, Joao Victor (62nd Brekalo). – Trainer: Glasner
Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, Sven Bender, Wendell – Aranguiz, Demirbay (90th Paulinho) – Bellarabi (46th Diaby), Havertz (42nd Baumgartlinger), Amiri – Volland. – Coach: Bosz
Referee: Manuel Grafe (Berlin)
Gates: 0: 1 Bellarabi (25th), 0: 2 Paulinho (90. + 6)
Spectator: 24112
Yellow cards: Joao Victor, Tisserand (4) – Volland, Hradecky

Bosz had made no changes after liberating 2: 1 in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid. But the Rhinelander took a while to get going. The guests seemed more active than the insecure VfL. At first the guests acted too indecisively. So the Wolfsburg had even the first good opportunity. After a cross from Felix Klaus Wout Weghorst met in the 23rd minute but only the outside net. Two minutes later Leverkusen took the lead. Bellarabi scored on the right side by a push against Wolfsburg Marcel Tisserand an advantage, referee Manuel Grafe falsely but not whistled. So Bellarabi could kick off after passing on Kevin Volland and einschieben to 1: 0. The VfL defense looked anything but good, four defenders could not stop the Leverkusen offensive player.

A little later Grafe was again in the spotlight and again was wrong with a decision. Leverkusen's Kai Havertz went down in the penalty area after a touch from Robin Knoche, but Grafe did not decide on a penalty for the visitors. Even the video assistant in Cologne did not intervene. Havertz had to be replaced a little later with a thigh blow job. Whether he travels to the national team on Monday evening was initially unclear. Overall, not much went together with the Wolfsburgers. The three defeats in DFB Cup, Bundesliga and Europa League had left their mark. Although the VfL had the Leverkusen offensive largely under control. But the hosts did not even know how to stage themselves.

This did not change even after the break. The VfL was indeed endeavored, but made too many bad mistakes. For a long time Wolfsburg had not to offer except for a long shot from Maximilian Arnold. Also Weghorst could not prevail decisively a few days after his nomination for the Dutch national team. The striker missed nine minutes before the end of the big opportunity to equalize, his ball just rolled past Leverkusen goal. In injury time Paulinho made everything clear.

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