Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wolfsburg close in on Bundesliga crown with victory over Dortmund

After the weekends disappointing loss to Stuttgart, Wolfsburg responded with a 3-0 defeat of Dortmund maintaining its unbeaten streak in the friendly confines of Volkswagen Arena. The victory, coupled with Bayern's successful day against Leverkusen, keeps die Wölfe on top of the Bundesliga table via goal differential.

After the upstart Dortmund side threatened Wolfsburg took the lead at the fifteenth minute in as Grafite and Josué played a smooth one-two with the later sending through Edin Džeko who then sent the ball past Dortmund 'keeper Roman Weidenfeller from twelve metres. Following the goal Dortmund was blemish free in defending for the balance of the half and certainly have reason to question referee Lutz Wagner's decision as he seemed to look the other way in a number of calls including a possibly penalty call on Alexander Madlung midway of the half. However that aside Wolfsburg pushed the pedal down two minutes after the break as a Edin Džeko out dueled Neven Subotić on the left before supplying Grafite the ball for a quick finish at the edge of the area. With sixteen minutes remaining veteran Sebastian Schindzielorz made his first Bundesliga appearance in three years entering for Zvjezdan Misimović as Wolfsburg looked to tighten down the match. Nine minute later Wolfsburg added its third goal as Grafite worked down the left channel past Neven Subotić and a out-of-position Florian Kringe before sending the cross from the six-yard box that took an opportunistic bounce off Felipe Santana and straight to Edin Džeko to finish for his second of the day.

Wolfsburg returns to play on Saturday against Hannover. With the Bundesliga crown in its sights, there is no room for error and Wolfsburg must stay focused with each step.