Matchday 14 in the Bundesliga ended in a 3-0 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg for Borussia, with Hecking’s side disappointing in their attempt to kick on from last week’s win over Bayern.
Things could hardly have started worse for the Foals, with Yunus Malli left unmarked in the box to slot home Mario Gomez’s pull-back after just four minutes. Wolfsburg had doubled their advantage inside half an hour. The attack went through Malli once again and was deftly finished off by Daniel Didavi. Borussia tried to provide a response and could in fact have been level at half time. Thorgan Hazard poked the ball past Koen Casteels from close range in the 37th minute, but was denied by the flag, before Lars Stindl suffered the same fate less than 90 seconds later.
The second half didn’t provide the necessary swing in momentum for the Fohlenelf, although Stindl got into a decent position early on with only the finish missing. At the other end, Yann Sommer was kept relatively busy as the Wolves continued to find pockets of space. That led to the third Wolfsburg goal 20 minutes from time, as Josuha Guilavogui unleashed a first-time shot from distance that took the slightest nick off Denis Zakaria and flew into the top corner to kill off the game as a contest.
Head coach Dieter Hecking made two enforced changes to the side that started against FC Bayern, with the injured Patrick Herrmann (gluteal strain) and Christoph Kramer (concussion) replaced by Vincenzo Grifo and Tony Jantschke. Otherwise Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Jannik Vestergaard, Oscar Wendt, Matthias Ginter, Denis Zakaria, Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and Lars Stindl made up the rest of the 4-4-2 formation.
There were six players in total unavailable to the coach, with Herrmann and Kramer joined on the injury list by Jonas Hofmann (knee), Ibrahima Traoré (thigh), Tobias Strobl (ACL) and László Bénes (foot).