Champions League participant VfL Wolfsburg said goodbye to the summer break with a home defeat. The Lower Saxony lost against FSV Mainz 05 not undeservedly with 2: 3 (0: 1). The guests, long in danger of relegation, confirmed their upward trend in recent weeks and were more than equal opponents.
Jean Paul Boetius took care of the opening goal. The midfielder completed a remarkable attack in the 44th minute with a low shot. Maximilian Philipp (47th) equalized. In the 54th minute, Robin Quaison was successful to 2-1 for Rheinhessem, again the Wolfsburg back team looked unsorted. Joao Victor (66th) equalized again, but Stefan Bell (78th) made it 3-2 for the FSV.
Right from the start, coach Bo Svensson’s team made it clear that they were doing the math in the Volkswagen Arena. The hosts had field advantages, but the better shot opportunities were clearly with the Mainz team.
Boetius could have scored his first goal in the 5th minute, but failed because of VfL goalkeeper Pavao Pervan, who represented the regular goalkeeper Koen Casteels, who had operated on the knee. With two other goalscoring chances in the 11th and 28th minute, the Austrian was on the post.
Coach Oliver Glasner’s team initially acted too unimaginatively, Mainz had no trouble getting back and forth on the defensive in good time. There was only danger in the 11th minute, when Wout Weghorst missed Finn Dahmen with a header from close range.
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After conceding the second goal, Glasner reacted and rebuilt the indisposed VfL defense. This was also less demanded in the following years, because the North Germans sought their salvation more and more on the offensive. But they still found it difficult to crack the Mainz bulwark.
Time and again, Glasner ordered his protégés further forward. The Austrian has regularly evaded a commitment to his current employer in the past few weeks. Due to problems with VfL managing director Jörg Schmadtke, it is questionable whether the coach will fulfill his contract, which will run until 2022.