He's not closed down on the right which allows him to put a pinpoint cross into the six yard box for Arnold to poke out a foot and put his side ahead. GOAL! Freiburg 0-2 Wolfsburg (Ivica Olic) This could be it! Arnold is involved again as he puts Gustavo away on the right of the box. He cuts back to Olic on the edge of the six yard box and he cannot miss. Freiburg have absolutely no answer at the back! If not for an Olic slip after being found again by Arnold it could well be 3-0! Freiburg seriously have to sort themselves out, and quickly. If they don't get the next goal then they might as well go home I think. Another chance, but this time only half of one.
He opts to shoot low and hard and Baumann does well to turn it around the post. BOOKING: Ochs deservedly gets a yellow card for bringing down Mehmedi late. He doesn't complain. Ginter is taken out by Medojevic. It looked a bit nasty on first view, but it wasn't dnagerous. He escapes a booking and the free kick is headed away. Freiburg have not threatened from set pieces so far. Wolfsburg are pressing right up to Baumann and it has been so effective so far. Olic is then played through beating the offside trap, but after cutting on to his left the shot is blocked.
Will there be another at the break? Here we go then for the second half. No changes at the break. No change on the pitch either, as a poor piece of control from Darida gives away a throw. This does not look good for Francis Coquelin. He hasn't done a lot so far, but he's down and a stretcher is coming on. He turned on the ball and his ankle seemed to turn from under him. He'll be very lucky if that's not at least a sprain. CHANCE! Big early chance in the half for the hosts. The ball is played into Hofler, who gets nowhere near enough contact on the ball and his effort is easy for Benaglio.
They have been outplayed in all areas and rather than getting back in it are fortunate not to be more behind. Really the hosts have been an absolute shambles at the back, but there has definitely been a strong sense of Wolfsburg being brilliant in attack. Arnold in particular found space all over the final third and has been the best player so far. I'm not quite sure whether Freiburg have it in them to get back in this, but what they need to do is abundantly clear. They have to be much, much tighter at the back and could really do with Mehmedi pushing slightly higher up rather than getting involved in play quite so much. The players are coming back out now for the second half. There has already been a change from the hosts, and they did improve slightly after it.
PREDICTION: So with a few minutes to go until we get started, what do I think about the outcome? To be honest, I can't see many goals, especially not from the hosts and this could be a narrow 1-0 away win. I am of course hoping for a goalfest! KICKOFF: We're underway here then in front of a lively crowd. It's a very neat pitch here for what should be a game involving plenty of passing football. Wolfsburg have seen most of the ball in the opening exchanges. Perisic throws to Olic, who overhits a cross and Freiburg can now look to get into the game. Gustavo gives it away to Sorg, but his pass to Mehmedi is overhit and goes out of play. Freiburg now have got themselves a bit of possession.
One moment... FREIBURG XI: Baumann; Sorg, Diagne, Hohn, Gunter; Ginter, Hofler; Coquelin, Fernandes, Darida; Mehmedi WOLFSBURG XI: Benaglio; Ochs, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez; Luiz Gustavo, Medojevic; Perisic, Arnold, Caligiuri; Olic Diego remains out for the visitors, but a player I do like to watch Ivan Perisic is named in the XI. He will get forward at any opportunity from the left wing and does have a good understanding with Ivica Olic, who is a mainstay up front. Freiburg, looking at their team, do not have the firepower to test WOlfsburg enough for my liking. Admir Mehmedi is more of a striker who likes to be involved with play and while there's plenty of movement in the attacking four the Wolfsburg defence, marshalled by Gustavo, is very strong.