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Bundesliga: Dortmund beat Wolfsburg to keep pressure on Bayern

Borussia Dortmund kept up the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich ahead of Tuesday's clash between the two with a hard-fought victory at Wolfsburg.

The visitors were largely the better side throughout, controlling possession and probing for openings against an opponent set up to defend and hit on the break.

It was from such a patient move that Raphael Guerreiro gave them the lead with his eighth goal of the season, slotted in from close range after Erling Braut Haaland had failed to convert.

Jadon Sancho, who has been struggling with a groin strain, again started on the bench but came on to set up the second goal, scored via a low drilled finish by Achraf Hakimi.

Shortly after, a VAR review led to home player Felix Klaus being shown a straight red for a high tackle on Manuel Akanji, that caught the Dortmund player on the calf.

Dortmund's win briefly closed the gap to Bayern to a point, but the reigning champions increased this to four again with victory over Eintracht Frankfurt later on Saturday.

There will be some concern for Dortmund, though, ahead of Tuesday's game, with defender Matts Hummels leaving the field at half-time with a heel problem.

Guile and grit from Dortmund

It is now two wins from two for Dortmund since German top-flight football returned, with this victory following the impressive one achieved over Schalke last Saturday.

Once again, though, it made for eerie watching, with no fans in attendance and every shout from players and support staff audible.

And strict hygiene protocols remain firmly in place, meaning - amongst other measures - warm-ups were staggered, while coaching staff and substitutes wore masks and were all separated by two metres as they took their place on the sidelines.

In general, though, it appeared to be another success as Germany lead the way for Europe's top leagues to follow in staging football during the ongoing pandemic.

The away side were noticeably superior in the first half and could easily have led by more had Thorgan Hazard been able to steer his first-time effort from the edge of the box on target instead of wide.

Wolfsburg came out fighting in the second half, though, and should have been level soon after the break.

However, Renato Steffen could only hit the top of the bar with his shot after being put through on goal by Wout Weghorst.

Sancho's introduction injected more life into the visitors and his typical driving run and pass set up Hakimi to all but seal the win before Klaus's technology-assisted dismissal.

Line-ups

Wolfsburg

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Casteels
  • 19Mbabu
  • 22Pongracic
  • 25BrooksBooked at 65mins
  • 15RoussillonSubstituted forKlausat 64'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8Steffen
  • 24SchlagerBooked at 90mins
  • 27ArnoldBooked at 86mins
  • 14MehmediSubstituted forSantos Saat 85'minutes
  • 9Weghorst
  • 33GinczekBooked at 60minsSubstituted forBrekaloat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Brekalo
  • 11Klaus
  • 12Pervan
  • 20Horn
  • 29Marmoush
  • 31Knoche
  • 32Tisserand
  • 40Santos Sa
  • 43Justvan

B Dortmund

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Bürki
  • 26Piszczek
  • 15HummelsSubstituted forCanat 45'minutes
  • 16Akanji
  • 5Hakimi
  • 6DelaneyBooked at 55minsSubstituted forBalerdiat 83'minutes
  • 8Dahoud
  • 13GuerreiroSubstituted forSchmelzerat 83'minutes
  • 23T HazardBooked at 74minsSubstituted forReynaat 79'minutes
  • 19BrandtSubstituted forSanchoat 65'minutes
  • 17Haaland

Substitutes

  • 7Sancho
  • 10Götze
  • 18Balerdi
  • 22Morey
  • 27Can
  • 29Schmelzer
  • 32Reyna
  • 35Hitz
  • 37Raschl
Referee:
Daniel Siebert

Match Stats

Home TeamWolfsburgAway TeamB Dortmund
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, VfL Wolfsburg 0, Borussia Dortmund 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, VfL Wolfsburg 0, Borussia Dortmund 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Manuel Akanji.

  4. Post update

    Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Lukasz Piszczek.

  5. Booking

    Xaver Schlager (VfL Wolfsburg) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joao Victor (VfL Wolfsburg).

  8. Post update

    Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joao Victor (VfL Wolfsburg).

  10. Booking

    Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, VfL Wolfsburg. Joao Victor replaces Admir Mehmedi.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Marcel Schmelzer replaces Raphael Guerreiro.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Leonardo Balerdi replaces Thomas Delaney.

  16. Dismissal

    Felix Klaus (VfL Wolfsburg) is shown the red card.

  17. Post update

    VAR Decision: Card upgraded Felix Klaus (VfL Wolfsburg).

  18. Post update

    Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Felix Klaus (VfL Wolfsburg).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Giovanni Reyna replaces Thorgan Hazard.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich27194480285261
2B Dortmund27176474334157
3B Leverkusen27165652322053
4B Mgladbach27164753341952
5RB Leipzig26149363273651
6Wolfsburg2710983633339
7Freiburg27107103537-237
8Schalke2691073340-737
9Hoffenheim27106113647-1136
10Hertha Berlin2797113948-934
11Köln26103134147-633
12Union Berlin2793153247-1530
13Frankfurt2684144149-828
14Augsburg2676133754-1727
15Mainz2683153655-1927
16Düsseldorf2658132750-2323
17Werder Bremen2656152959-3021
18Paderborn2746173155-2418
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