Wolfsburg beats Freiburg to go 5th in Bundesliga

Wolfsburg inflicted a 3-0 defeat on relegation-threatened

Freiburg to go fifth in the Bundesliga on Sunday, while Hertha

Berlin beat bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 to consolidate


Maximilian Arnold put Wolfsburg ahead in the eighth minute, when

the stationary Fallou Diagne allowed him to guide Patrick Ochs’

cross beyond the helpless Freiburg goalkeeper, and Ivica Olic

doubled the lead three minutes later after Luiz Gustavo did well to

set him up.

”When you start a game like that you have no chance against a

team like Wolfsburg,” Freiburg coach Christian Streich said.

Olic should have scored again a minute later only to stumble

with Freiburg’s defense absent and the goal at his mercy, and the

Croatian pulled another great chance narrowly wide in the 23rd.

Gelson Fernandes had a goal ruled offside for Freiburg, but TV

replays showed it was the wrong call. The ball came off a defender

before Admir Mehmedi crossed for the Swiss midfielder.

Freiburg improved after the break, though suffered a blow in the

49th when Francis Coquelin went off in considerable pain with a

left ankle injury.

Matthias Ginter came agonizingly close to pulling one back with

over 20 minutes remaining when he could only deflect Sebastian

Kerk’s cross over the unguarded net.

”It’s very annoying,” Ginter said. ”We had one or two chances

in the second half. If we had made it 2-1 it would have been close.

But the lapses in concentration cost us dearly.”

Marcel Schaefer scored in injury time on a counterattack to

ensure an afternoon to forget for the home supporters.

”The players were fully there from the first second. They saw

the chance to climb to fifth place,” Wolfsburg coach Dieter

Hecking said.

Freiburg remains in the relegation playoff place after 15 games

played, three points ahead of Braunschweig, which failed to really

trouble Hertha despite a spirited performance in the late game.

Hertha striker Adrian Ramos scored with a diving header from

Ronny’s corner to open the scoring in the 20th.

Braunschweig defender Deniz Dogan went close with a free kick in

the 76th, before Sandro Wagner struck the crossbar with a header

from another Ronny corner at the other end.

Tolga Cigerci sealed the result from a narrow angle with 10

minutes remaining, with Braunschweig defender Timo Perthel sent off

for his second yellow card after attempting to stop the

counterattack with a foul on Per Ciljan Skjelbred.

On Saturday, league leader Bayern Munich cruised past Werder

Bremen 7-0, while second-place Bayer Leverkusen won 1-0 at Borussia