Saturday, April 11, 2009

Die Wölfe overcome Mönchengladbach 2-1

Felix Magath's concern of his sides visit of Borussia-Park proved to be right as it took a late goal by Sascha Riether to provide Wolfsburg the 2-1 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. The victory maintains the stunning unbeaten of die Wölfe in the Rückrunde with nine consecutive victories but reaffirms 'Gladbach's remarkable improvement from the start of year.

The hearty Borussia-Park crowd were an imposing twelfth man to face and throughout the match they exalted their side on far beyond their relegation position indicates. A quick start by 'Gladbach was foreboding as Wolfsburg was forced on their heels in a shape of things to come in the match. Early efforts by Karim Matmour and Alexander Baumjohann came within a whisper of finding the mark and it was clear 'Gladbach wasn't going to play safe in the match but inside attack with a voracious appetite. However twenty minutes-in Wolfsburg Bosnia and Herzegovina connection once again were at the source of their success as Edin Džeko escaped Paul Stalteri before rising high in the box to nod in Zvjezdan Misimović's cross. The goal was frustrating for the hosts as they had at stage done what no-one had done in the second-half of the year, out-attacking Wolfsburg. Shortly thereafter Michael Bradley was played in alone on Diego Benaglio but the Swiss international denied him with point blank range. Truthfully the attempt should have never happened as Bradley should have simply passed the ball to a wide open Roberto Colautti for an easy close-out strike. Roberto Colautti's frustrating day continued right after the break as he nodded Marco Marin's well placed corner against the post and it seemed like the day would be one dodged bullet after another for Wolfsburg. With eleven minutes left on the clock, Borussia-Park got the goal they were waiting for as young starlet Marco Marin's free-kick into the box was headed powerfully in by Dante. After a close-range effort was denied by 'Gladbach 'keeper Logan Bailly, Wolfsburg found the winner with five minutes remaining. A Edin Džeko's shot was partially blocked by a 'Gladbach defender Paul Stalteri and opportunistically fell to Sascha Riether who sent the ball into the net while Dante dove to clear the ball away. The match concluded without further incident as Wolfsburg won 2-1.