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[BL - matchday 33] Wolfsburg vs BVB

Game starts in 15 minutes, didn't see a thread so here it is.

Starting lineup, confirmed:

Langerak
Durm - Subotic - Sokratis - Schmelzer
Gundogan - Kehl
Mkhitaryan - Kagawa - Kampl
Aubameyang

Bench: Weidenfeller, Hummels, Ginter, Piszczek, Jojic, Reus, Immobile

Piszczek, Hummels, and Reus starting on the bench, just being eased back into the fold ahead of the cup final in two weeks. Wolfsburg also without Gustavo as well as resting Knoche, Vierinha, and Schurrle so both sides just rotating their squads around with this dress rehearsal meeting.

Not much relevance in this fixture aside from sealing a top 5-7 spot and qualifying for the EL through the league while Wolfsburg are still trying to compete to finish second. A win here on our part along with Augsburg and Schalke dropping points at home could see us go as high as fifth going into the last day, but unlikely to happen as those teams are facing relegation threatened opponents. A win though would make sure BVB at least keep the 7th position in the league and go into the last day against Bremen with everything to play for to qualify for Europe on that front.

Just hoping for a good performance and no injuries above all else, result is of secondary importance at this point. Hope to see more from Kampl and Kagawa too, they'll need to step it up a bit if they're going to be deserving of a start in the final ahead of someone like Heno who is clearly in better form than both at this point. Let's see how they fare.

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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).

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No problem. Sorry I didn't write any thoughts in the thread yet, saw the game but then got too busy to come on at the time and ended up forgetting till I saw your post last night before I went to sleep.

We looked better defensively than we did against the likes of Gladbach and Bayern lately, although that didn't stop us from conceding two very avoidable goals especially one straight from the kick-off. It's almost become embarrassing the way we start games this year, it's the 10th time we've conceded in the opening 10 minutes of a match this year and we lost every single time that happened aside from the Mainz home game. This alone cost us against Juventus in the CL and probably cost us 5-10 points in the league too, really poor stuff.

No one really had a standout game in particular, thought Gundogan, Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang were among our better offensive performers but nothing too special. Watching Subotic-Sokratis play the ball out the back is quite the eyesore. Not sure why Hummels didn't play in the end, heard it was a precaution so hope that indeed is it. Good to see Piszczek and Reus playing some minutes too, we need them all fit and ready for the cup final.

Luckily nothing changed with our position with this result as all the other teams around us lost and we now just need a point at home to Bremen to finish 7th and seal Europa League football for next season, in fact a win and an Augsburg loss at BMG (totally possible) would mean we finish 6th which would be good considering where we were in February, even if that wasn't our objective before the season started of course. Hope Klopp gets to end his career at the Westfalenstadion on a high, I'm expecting great gestures from the fans on Saturday for him and rightfully so.

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No one really had a standout game in particular, thought Gundogan, Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang were among our better offensive performers but nothing too special. Watching Subotic-Sokratis play the ball out the back is quite the eyesore. Not sure why Hummels didn't play in the end, heard it was a precaution so hope that indeed is it. Good to see Piszczek and Reus playing some minutes too, we need them all fit and ready for the cup final.
yeah Hummels was definetly just precaition, he tackled and fouled Subotic in training on Friday and got slightly injured.. think he will return to the line-up against Bremen on weekend. i am quite happy that we managed to keep the match open for the whole 90 mins which means Klopp seems to work on a gameplan versus Wolfsburg. but of course we should avoid such a first minute in the final (gündogans sloppy pass which was intercepted by Caligiuri..)

hopefully Reus will get another 40-60 minutes against Werder and stays fit for the final.

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