Borussia Dortmund stays on Bayern Munich’s heels. BVB won their home game on match day 31 of the Bundesliga 6-0 (3-0) against VfL Wolfsburg and are still one point behind FCB.
With Karim Adeyemi’s fifth goal of the season, BVB took the lead (14′). Sébastien Haller made it 2-0 (28′), and for him it was goal number five of the season. Nine minutes later, Donyell Malen scored to make it 3-0. Jude Bellingham followed up with Dortmund’s fourth goal (54′), shortly afterwards Adeyemi scored again (59′). Bellingham finished the game again (86′).
“Unfortunately, it’s not in our hands anymore. But I’m absolutely convinced that we’ll win the next games,” said Adeyemi DAZN: “We had a lot of fun, played a very good game. Everything went very well”. “It’s not decided for me yet. The faith is definitely there,” said Emre Can.
Adeyemi missed the chance of his first hat-trick from the point: In the second half he put a penalty kick over the bar.
Adeyemi scored six goals and five assists in 2023 – no other BL player scored more. Malen, on the other hand, has scored seven goals in the past seven BL games.
Dortmund celebrated the tenth BL home win in a row. This is a club record for BVB within one season.
Since Wolfsburg’s promotion to the Bundesliga in 1997, Dortmund has not celebrated as many BL wins against VfL (32) against any other club.
BVB vs. Bayern: The rest of the program in the Bundesliga
Borussia M’Gladbach (H)
Schalke 04 (H)
FC Augsburg (A)
RB Leipzig (H)
Mainz 05 (H)
1. FC Cologne (A)
BVB – VfL Wolfsburg: The analysis
Very entertaining first 45 minutes with high speed and intensity on both sides, hardly any midfield banter and, like in the first leg, numerous scoring opportunities. The fact that BVB went into the break 3-0 in the end was due to poor decision-making on the offensive and surprising naivety in defense with regard to VfL.
Wolfsburg defended in a 5-3-2 and pushed very high – even if the wolves didn’t get any pressure on the ball-carrying Dortmunder. The hosts used this as well as the situational advance of Kaminski (left) or Baku (right), which opened up large spaces on the wings.
There was also regular space for the guests on the outside if Adeyemi or Malen didn’t run to the back. Dortmund’s otherwise good pressing didn’t take hold, Wolfsburg came up with promising transition situations, as in the case of Wimmer, who ran towards goal shortly after the 0:1 and failed on the strong Kobel.
However, Wolfsburg kept losing decisive duels, so there were a number of switching options for BVB, which they knew how to use with a lot of speed and a high degree of determination in the direction of the goal. The game decided that early on, the final half hour of the second half didn’t have as much fire as half time one. Dortmund could have scored far more than the six goals.
Borussia Dortmund – VfL Wolfsburg: The voices
Edin Terzic (Borussia Dortmund coach): “Today we showed a top game, in all areas. What I really liked was the willingness to work against the ball. Of course it helps to take the lead early on – but after that we kept our feet on the gas that was important. It was a top performance from start to finish.”
Niko Kovac (VfL Wolfsburg coach): “We didn’t have a chance, we weren’t aggressive enough. We just reacted instead of acting. That wasn’t what we were capable of. You have to accept that and forget it quickly. We also deservedly lost at altitude.”
Particular incident: Adeyemi misses a penalty (65.)
The star of the game: Karim Adeyemi (BVB)
A very strong performance by the offensive player, whose outstanding pace VfL never got under control. Adeyemi also showed good timing in his actions and was involved in almost all dangerous offensive scenes. Scored his first brace in the Bundesliga. Even the missed penalty didn’t detract from his performance.
The flop of the match: Sebastiaan Bornauw (VfL Wolfsburg)
Like fellow defenders Guilavogui and van de Ven, he had a bad day and was never able to counter Dortmund’s offensive whirl. At 0: 2 without a chance against Adeyemi, he caused the 0: 5 himself with his bad pass.
The referee: Marco Fritz
Didn’t have any problems despite the intensity of the game. The penalty for Dortmund was undisputed.