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
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