Matchday Musings: VfL Wolfsburg 3-3 Borussia Dortmund
Wolfsburg Win By Accident?
Dieter Hecking’s 11th placed Wolfsburg host the Champions League finalists, Borussia Dortmund, in the second to last league game of the 2012-13 Bundesliga season. Though a win for Wolfsburg would not necessarily be any immediate advancement, it would simply delay Dortmund from securing second place. The Borussians are only one point away from their second place goal, only falling short of their first place rivals, Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp has been in a constant struggle to determine which players will start each game ever since their win against Real Madrid to prevent any injuries for the final game.
Sven Bender Gains the Early Lead
Dortmund, determined to get the easy one point, come out of the gates ready to face Wolfsburg. Five minutes into the game German defender Sven Bender, scores a magnificent early goal, giving them an early lead. Waiting at the opposite end of Nuri Sahin’s cross into the center, Bender makes an excellent finish. It was a sure goal from the beginning as Robert Lewandoski was waiting by the post as a second resort.
It’s All About Perisic
A disgruntled Wolfsburg team were ready to make a comeback to show the Borussians they were not going down without a fight. Ten minutes after Bender’s opening goal, Ivan Perisic, a former Borussia Dortmund player, scored against Roman Weidenfeller to equalize. As if his equalizer was not good enough, eight short minutes later, he slotted away his second of the day in the 22nd minute. After being benched for all of March and April due to an injury, Perisic was ready to show his new club he was still a fighter. His first two competitive Bundesliga goals were scored in today’s match putting Wolfsburg up 2-1.
Naldo Rubs the Salt in the Wounds
Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues, commonly known as Naldo, followed Perisic by example, scoring Wolfsburg’s third goal in the 26th minute. Three goals all within about five minutes of each other in the first half, made Dortmund think twice about their opponent. Borussia Dortmund now face a two goal defecate, needing two to equalize and get their one needed point. Adding to Naldo’s previous record of four goals this season, both he and Perisic will be crucial players in next year’s season.
Man of the Match: Marco Reus
A two goal comeback was looking very hard for Dortmund as Wolfsburg were on top of their game, going into the half at 3-1. The second half starts. A stalemate for both teams shooting back and forth not producing any goals. Ten minutes left of regulation and Wolfsburg are ready to walk away with the three points until Marco Reus gains control of the ball. An easy goal in the 84th minute gives Dortmund a much needed burst of hope that the game can still be won. The ball is placed back in the center and play resumes. Reus connects again, scoring the much needed equalizer in the 88th minute. He could not complete his hat-trick unfortunately, but did give Dortmund their one point to secure second place in the Bundesliga.