Borussia Dortmund kept up the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich ahead of Tuesday’s clash between the two with a hard-fought victory at Wolfsburg.
The visitors were largely the better side throughout, controlling possession and probing for openings against an opponent set up to defend and hit on the break.
It was from such a patient move that Raphael Guerreiro gave them the lead with his eighth goal of the season, slotted in from close range after Erling Braut Haaland had failed to convert.
Jadon Sancho, who has been struggling with a groin strain, again started on the bench but came on to set up the second goal, scored via a low drilled finish by Achraf Hakimi.
Shortly after, 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.
Dortmund’s win means they are now a point behind Bayern but the reigning champions can increase this to four again with victory over Eintracht Frankfurt later on Saturday.
There will be some concern for Dortmund, though, ahead of Tuesday’s game, with defender Matts Hummels leaving the field at half-time with a heel problem.
Source: BBC Sports