Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wolfsburg edges closer to historic first Bundesliga title

Wolfsburg edged closer to its historic first Bundesliga title with a empowering 5-0 defeat of Hannover 96 in the Niedersachsenderby. Led by Edin Džeko three goals, Wolfsburg stands atop the Bundesliga, ahead of both Bayern München and VfB Stuttgart by two points with a next weeks crucial match against Werder Bremen being the decider.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, Edin Džeko, who started his professional career in his native Sarajevo for Željezničar opened the scoring fourteen minutes in as he controlled Makoto Hasebe provision before driving the ball past Robert Enke from just outside the box. Three minutes past the half hour Marcel Schäfer sent a low cross into the box the young Bosnian redirected to Grafite who sent it to the back of the net. Only three minutes later, from nearly the same spot Christian Gentner crossed to Grafite, who after out-dueling Mario Eggimann, made it 3-0 from close range. After the break Zvjezdan Misimović set up his countryman Džeko who escaped Sergio Pinto as he escaped his mark before heading the ball in. With eleven minutes remaining, Wolfsburg took a 5-0 lead as Makoto Hasebe's cross from the lead was nodded in by Edin Džeko for his third of the day.

On Saturday Wolfsburg faces Werder Bremen to seal the title in the final match day of the Bundesliga campaign.