The DFB Pokal round of 16 returned on Wednesday with a match-up between two teams in the top 10 of the Bundesliga. Since the end of the winter break in Germany, RB Leipzig sit in fourth place in the league after two straight wins. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg have stuttered with only one victory from three matches, leaving them outside of the European qualification places in seventh.

This match saw two teams who are known for their press face each other. It was decided by a defensive error that allowed the the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the home side.


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Starting lineups

Ralf Rangnick made no changes for RB Leipzig from the side that beat relegation threatened Hannover 96 at the weekend. He stuck with a 4-4-2 that included new American signing Tyler Adams in the middle of the pitch, while Arsenal target Ibrahima Konaté missed his second game in a row.

Wolfsburg manager Bruno Labbadia also made no changes in his side, staying with the same personnel and 4-3-1-2 lineup that beat Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Keys to the match

This match was a battle between two sides who pressed aggressively. We’ll look at how both sides were able to get good access to the ball and close off passing lanes to force the opposition into the wide areas. In addition, we’ll look at how Wolfsburg struggled to build from the back with limited passing options.

To read the full match analysis, click here.