Borussia Dortmund edged past 10-man Wolfsburg, as they register a nervy 2-0 win in the Bundesliga at Volkswagen Arena.
Once again Jadon Sancho did not start, nor is Emre Can, but both came on as a substitute after the break and at 65th minute respectively. Emre Can replace Matt Hummel, who had injury concerns, whereas Sancho replaced Brandt.
Thorgan Hazard made the first attempt from Hakimi square-pass, with a curled a superb effort, but it just skimmed the top corner.
It was from such a patient move which Raphael Guerreiro converted at 32nd minute when he scored his eighth goal of the season. The move started with Brandt at the right flank, which he crossed to Hakimi. Hakimi forwarded the ball to Hazard, who crossed the same from the touchline. Guerreiro slotted in from close range after Erling Braut Haaland had failed to convert.
Jadon Sancho, who has been struggling with a groin strain, made his presence felt in the when he first touched the ball during the match. He also set up the second goal, scored via a low drilled finish by Achraf Hakimi.
A VAR review led to home player Felix Klaus being shown a straight red for a high tackle on Manuel Akanji, that caught the Dortmund player on the calf.
With the win, Borussia Dortmund almost bridged the gap between the Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich and themselves, with Bayern match pending against Eintracht Frankfurt Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund – Starting Eleven
1Bürki, 26Piszczek, 15Hummels (Can 45′), 16Akanji, 5Hakimi, 6Delaney Booked 55′ (Balerdi 83′), 8Dahoud, 13Guerreiro (Schmelzer 83′), 23Thogan Hazard Booked 74′ (Reyna 79′), 19Brandt(Sancho 65′), 17Haaland
Borussia Dortmund – Substitutes
7Sancho, 10Götze, 18Balerdi, 22Morey, 27Can, 29Schmelzer, 32Reyna, 35Hitz, 37Raschl
Wolfsburg – Starting Eleven
1Casteels, 19Mbabu, 22Pongracic, 25Brooks Booked 65′, 15Roussillon (Klausat 64′ Booked 82′), 8Steffen, 24Schlager Booked 90′, 27Arnold Booked 86′, 14Mehmedi (Santos Saat 85′), 9Weghorst, 33Ginczek Booked 60′ (Brekaloat 64′)
Wolfsburg – Substitutes
7Brekalo, 11Klaus, 12Pervan, 20Horn, 29Marmoush, 31Knoche, 32Tisserand, 40Santos Sa, 43Justvan