thanks for creating the match-thread azulgrana, i'm just too busy recently...
2-1 loss against Wolfsburg with 2 early goals against us in each half but we remain in control of our destiny in the fight for a European berth after their direct rivals - Bremen, Hoffenheim and Augsburg - all failed to pick up three points on Saturday afternoon. Next weekend we have a must-win game against Werder in the Signal Iduna Park, the last game at home for leaving coach Jürgen Klopp.
it was a very open game with chances on both sides, Wolfsburg were lucky that Benaglio did not get sent off for his foul on Kampl which led to the 1-1 penalty kick.
analyzis from bvb.de:
Borussia Dortmund have lost 2-1 (1-1) away to VfL Wolfsburg on matchday 33 of the Bundesliga season but remain in control of their destiny in the fight for a European berth after their direct rivals - Bremen, Hoffenheim and Augsburg - all failed to pick up three points on Saturday afternoon. Next weekend will see Werder lock horns with Borussia in Dortmund in a clash that will determine which club qualifies for next season's UEFA Europa League.
The match & analysis:
With just seconds on the clock after BVB had kicked off, Caligiuri intercepted a stray pass in midfield and quickly played the ball down the flank to De Bruyne before making a 50-metre sprint into the Dortmund penalty area. The lively Belgian timed his cross from the left to perfection for the onrushing Caligiuri to tap the ball home from close range after exactly 40 seconds. It was the fourth goal that BVB have conceded this season in the opening few minutes of a match.
However, the shock served as a wake-up call to Jürgen Klopp's charges, who instantly seized the initiative and won a penalty on the 10-minute mark. Aubameyang threaded an intricate direct pass through to Kampl in the box, only for the Slovenian to be felled by Wolfsburg custodian Benaglio as the Swiss came charging off his line. Referee Fritz immediately pointed to the spot and Aubameyang coolly dispatched the ensuing spot-kick down the middle to restore parity (11).
High tempo, chances aplenty
Both teams continued to play a high-tempo game, with Perisic shooting narrowly over the crossbar from distance (12) before again going close to restoring the Wolves' lead after Caligiuri found him at the far post (22). Beforehand, Langerak made an easy job of saving a Dost header (17) before charging out of goal just a minute later to narrow the Dutchman's angle and force his effort wide of the far post (18). The BVB custodian then made a wonderful save after half an hour when Dost was brilliantly played into space by De Bruyne before shooting at goal (30).
At the other end, the prominent Mkhitaryan hit two shots from range (16, 21), only to be denied on both occasions by Benaglio. The Armenian then played a quick cross from the right flank into Aubameyang at the far post, but he headed wide (37). Shortly before the interval Kampl sought the Gabonese forward lurking near the right post, only for his pass to fail to reach the intended target (42). There were seven major chances at both ends in the first period, but neither side was able to edge in front.
Naldo strikes after corner
image Aubameyang shows his delight at scoring the equaliser.
It all changed four minutes into the second half though. Having won a corner, Wolfsburg's Dost headed the ensuing cross against a Dortmund defender's back before the ball fell to Naldo on the penalty spot. The defender hit a low shot on the turn, the ball passing underneath his jumping team-mate Klose. The centre-back was clearly offside and directly obstructing Langerak's view, leaving the BVB shot-stopper unable to react as the ball rolled into the bottom left corner of the goal. Despite Dortmund's appeals for offside, referee Fritz awarded Wolfsburg the goal.
The Black and Yellows almost offered an instant reply once again when Aubameyang launched a sprint down the right wing before playing the ball back to Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian narrowly missed the target (51). At the other end, Caligiuri was twice thwarted by brilliant saves from Langerak (64, 69). The fast tempo died down somewhat at that point, prompting Jürgen Klopp to bring on Ciro Immobile and Marco Reus in a bid to spark his side's attack into life (70). But the substitution didn't quite work out with the only remaining chance of note falling to Sokratis, who narrowly missed with a shot from eleven metres out that went wide of the right post (78).