Five-goal Dortmund stroll on past Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund moved within two points of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga with a convincing 5-1 win over Wolfsburg today.
Mario Gotze started and finished the scoring for the home side with Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski and Sven Bender also on target. Alexander Hleb gave the Wolves a bit of hope in the second half when he brought them back to 2-1, but the home side's dominance soon shone through as they secured their fifth win in their last six league matches.
Dortmund needed just 12 minutes to take the lead through Gotze. Kagawa provided the chance for the German international and he took it, threading the ball through the legs of Sotirios Kyrgiakos to find the far corner.
Kevin Grosskreutz came close to adding a second in the 31st minute, but his shot struck the outside of the post and went wide for a goal kick.
At the other end, Mario Mandzukic hit the woodwork on a rare attack for the Wolves, but the home side soon regained control of the game and added a second just before half-time. Robert Lewandowski put Kagawa through on goal and he held his nerve to beat Diego Benaglio with a low shot into the bottom corner.
Wolfsburg showed signs of a recovery in the early stages of the second half and they reduced the arrears after 59 minutes with Hleb scoring his first goal for the club. He finished off a swift counter-attack involving both Ashkan Dejagah and Christian Trasch as Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller lost his balance in trying to make an interception.
Wolfsburg's hopes were dashed just two minutes later, though, when Bender made it 3-1, heading in unchallenged at the far post after Gotze's corner was headed on by Lukasz Piszczek. Lewandowski made sure of the points five minutes later when he followed the example of Kagawa by beating Benaglio in a one-on-one situation after being put through by his Japanese team-mate.
There was even time for Gotze to get his second with the fifth goal in the 78th minute. He was put through by Bender and made no mistake, beating Wolfsburg's luckless Swiss goalkeeper to seal a comprehensive victory for Dortmund.