Borussia Dortmund managed to get the three points against Wolfsburg on Saturday, with Marco Reus netting the winning goal in the second half.
Marco Reus came to Borussia Dortmund’s rescue once again on Saturday as he scored the only goal of the game to lead them to a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg. The 34 year old’s strike in the 68th minute helped the Black and Yellows maintain their unbeaten start to the season in the Bundesliga.
It wasn’t the best of performances from Borussia Dortmund. But they were certainly the better team and deserved the three points. Wolfsburg didn’t end up offering much of a threat despite going into the game in fine form. And one goal is all BVB needed to get back to winning ways.
Edin Terzic decided to ring in the changes to his starting XI, with Marco Reus and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens lining up in the front three. While Niclas Füllkrug and Felix Nmecha both started for the first time in a competitive game for Borussia Dortmund.
After being criticised for being too passive against PSG, Borussia Dortmund started the game against Wolfsburg with much more intensity in midfield and the final third. Marco Reus forced a save from Koen Casteels with a free-kick early on.
But Wolfsburg responded well and caused Dortmund a fair few problems with their high pressing. Tiago Tomás nearly gave the away side the lead in the 37th minute after a blistering counter-attack. But Gregor Kobel stood firm and parried the shot away.
Bynoe-Gittens had a few bright moments in the first-half and also fired an effort wide after a fine run into the box. Nico Schlotterbeck also had a great chance to score late in the first-half, but the two teams went into the break with nothing to separate them.
The second-half began much like the first, with Borussia Dortmund looking to force the initiative and find the breakthrough. But the final touch or pass kept letting them down. The breakthrough finally arrived in the 68th minute, and it was BVB who were rewarded for their high pressure as Marco Reus turned home Julian Brandt’s low cross into the back of the net.
Wolfsburg huffed and puffed but didn’t really look like testing Gregor Kobel in the closing stages, and Borussia Dortmund managed to grind out the win rather comfortably in the end.
The win will come as a big boost for Borussia Dortmund, even if the overall performance showed that there is plenty of room for improvement. Next up for BVB is a trip to TSG Hoffenheim, another team in excellent form at the moment. And they will need to be at their very best to get the three points in that game.