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May 11, 2013 4:30 PM EAT
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA — Wolfsburg
Referee:‬ G. Perl‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
14′ Ivan Perisic
22′ Ivan Perisic
Marco Reus 84′
26′ Naldo
Marco Reus 87′
Top of the Match
Naldo
Naldo
VfL Wolfsburg
Marco Reus
Marco Reus
Borussia Dortmund
Flop of the Match
Felipe Santana
Felipe Santana
Borussia Dortmund
Felipe Santana
Felipe Santana
Borussia Dortmund

Wolfsburg 3-3 Borussia Dortmund: Reus rescues sloppy Schwarzgelben with late double

The Germany international salvaged a point for Jurgen Klopp's men with a late double to bring his side from behind to ensure they finish the season in second position

By Tom Webber

Germany, Bundesliga, VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund, Marco Reus; Lukasz Piszcek
Bongarts
Borussia Dortmund produced a miraculous comeback to avoid defeat in their Champions League preparations, scoring two late goals to earn a 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.

Sven Bender had given Jurgen Klopp's men an early lead but the Wolves responded in remarkable fashion as Ivan Perisic scored twice against his former club before Naldo smashed in a third before half-time.

The visitors had been made to pay for some sloppy defending but Marco Reus refused to give up and brought his side back from the dead with two late goals earning a point to ensure his side finish the season as runners-up.

Wolfsburg started brightly and were perhaps unfortunate to fall behind to BVB's first attack with just five minute played. Reus' short free kick was swung into the box by Nuri Sahin and Bender eluded his marker at the back post to poke the ball across goal and inside the far corner.

The hosts remained positive, though, and were not behind for long as a tidy move saw them restore parity nine minutes later. Makoto Hasebe released Ivica Olic inside the area who then showed great intelligence to roll the ball to the back post with his first touch, enabling Perisic to add a simple finish.

Robert Lewandowski hesitated when presented with a chance to regain Dortmund's advantage soon after and it proved extremely costly as Dieter Hecking's side struck twice in quick succession.

With 22 minutes on the clock Perisic was afforded too much time 25 yards from goal and his effort took a wicked deflection off Diego, wrong-footing the idle Roman Weidenfeller and dropping into the net.

It only took another four minutes for Wolfsburg to send the home fans into raptures with a third. Felipe Santana failed to stay close to Naldo from a corner, leaving the towering centre-back with space to bring down Jan Polak's flick on and rifle the ball past the keeper.

The BVB defence was having a torrid afternoon and Santana came desperately close to making it even worse when his header came back off the frame of his own goal.

Minutes before the break the Brazilian would have breathed a sigh of relief as, after failing to pick up Olic's run, the striker sent the ball wide of the post after an exquisite pass from Ricardo Rodriguez.

Klopp introduced Jakub Blaszczykowski and Julian Schieber for the second half and BVB instantly looked more threatening. However, Diego Benaglio produced a fine stop to keep out Lewandowski three minutes after the break.

Despite Dortmund's fluency beginning to grow, the Wolves proved dangerous on the break and so there was a sense that the next goal would be key. Polak and Schieber both had opportunities to swing momentum the way of their respective sides before the hour mark, but neither could hit the target.

The visitors' energy levels soon decreased  as a compact, stout Wolfsburg defence repelled the ball time and again.

But Dortmund conjured up the same spirit which saw them past Malaga en route to the Champions League final, with Reus spearheading a dramatic comeback.

After latching onto a brilliant pass from Gundogan and looping an effort over an indecisive Benaglio in the 84th minute, Reus grabbed a second with two minutes of normal time remaining as he danced into the area and slammed an effort in off the crossbar.

The point ensures that BVB finish the season in second position, despite falling 22 points behind Bayern Munich.


VfL Wolfsburg

1
Diego Benaglio
Goalkeeper
2.00
25
Naldo
Defender
26′
4.00
31
Robin Knoche
Defender
90′
3.00
34
3.00
6
2.50
8
Vieirinha
Striker
2.50
9
Ivan Perisic
Midfielder
14′ 22′ 80′
3.00
21
Diego Ribas
Midfielder
3.00
15
Makoto Hasebe
Midfielder
2.50
29
Jan Polak
Midfielder
26′ 63′
3.00
11
Ivica Olic
Striker
14′
3.00

Borussia Dortmund

2.50
1
2.50
15
2.50
26
1.00
5
2.50
29
3.00
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
5′ 46′
3.00
8
3.50
11
Marco Reus
Midfielder
44′ 84′ 87′
1.50
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
5′
2.00
19
2.50
9

Substitutes

35
Marwin Hitz
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
17
 - 
14
Simon Kjaer
Defender
 - 
15
 - 
27
 - 
12
Bas Dost
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
20
 - 
4
 - 
5
Sebastian Kehl
Midfielder
 - 
8
Moritz Leitner
Midfielder
76′
2.50
16
 - 
32
2.00
23

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
Leverkusen
15 2