The Wolves more than held their own in the first half and actually had the two best chances, but Dortmund improved after the break and two goals in the space of six minutes put them firmly in control, before a late penalty rounded things off. VfL are back in action on Thursday evening when they host Gent in the UEFA Europa League (kick-off 21:00 CET).
Full debut for Nmecha
Head coach Oliver Glasner made four changes to his line-up following Wednesday’s loss against RB Leipzig in the DFB Cup. Loanee Lukas Nmecha was handed his first start, replacing Josip Brekalo in attack, while captain Josuha Guilavogui was recalled in midfield after missing Wednesday’s game through suspension, Yannick Gerhardt making way. Meanwhile, John Brooks and Jerome Roussillon came back into the side in place of Kevin Mbabu and Renato Steffen.
Wolves with the best chances
As expected, Dortmund enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and produced a few corners and half-chances early on, without really troubling the Wolfsburg goal. In fact, it was the visitors who had the first clear chance in the 22nd minute when Nmecha went past Mats Hummels in the box and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Marwin Hitz but onto the crossbar.
There was a brief delay in proceedings around the half-hour mark as first Marco Reus was forced off for the home side with an injury and then referee Tobias Welz also had to be substituted. That delay took some of the intensity out of the game, but it also meant that five minutes were added on at the end – and it was in the last of those five minutes that Jeffrey Bruma came close to breaking the deadlock. Maximilian Arnold’s corner was flicked on by Brooks to the far post, where Bruma got an outstretched leg to the ball but couldn’t direct it the right side of the net.
Quickfire double settles it
Having been lucky to be level at the break, Dortmund took the lead just seven minutes into the second period when a swift counter-attack was finished off by Thorgan Hazard, who buried the ball into the bottom far corner. Pervan was picking the ball out of the same corner of his net just six minutes later. Hazard was the provider this time, teeing up Raphael Guerreiro who found the net from a similar position.
The Black and Yellows had their tails up now and Mahmoud Dahoud almost made it 3-0 in the 67th minute, only to be denied at close range by Pervan. The Wolves then had a good opportunity to pull a goal back when substitute Felix Klaus played in Joao Victor, but Hitz came out quickly to smother the Brazilian’s attempted lob. Glasner’s men kept plugging away in search of a way back into the game but any lingering hopes they had were quashed when Mario Götze made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after Bruma was adjudged to have handled inside the area.
Borussia Dortmund: Hitz - Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Weigl, Dahoud (Witsel 70’) - Hakimi, Brandt (Alcacer 89’), Hazard - Reus (Götze 28’)
VfL Wolfsburg: Pervan - Brooks, Bruma, Tisserand (Brekalo 79’) - William, Guilavogui, Arnold, Roussillon (Steffen 89’) - Joao Victor, Weghorst, Nmecha (Klaus 66’)
Goals: Hazard (52’), Guerreiro (58’), Götze (88’ pen)
Yellow cards: Weigl / Nmecha, Brooks, Tisserand
Referee: Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden)