It was one-way traffic at the VW Arena as the league leaders completely outclassed a hapless Wolfsburg outfit.The goalscoring return of Lucas Barrios in the starting line-up helped ensure that champions elect Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways as they completed the double over Wolfsburg with a 3-0 victory. Barrios, Nuri Sahin and Mats Hummels were on the scoresheet although the contribution of the impregnable Dortmund backline should not be forgotten.
Die Schwarzgelben took the lead in just the second minute courtesy of Lucas Barrios. A typically superb through-ball from the irrepressible Nuri Sahin sent Mario Goetze clear. The young playmaker stayed just about onside before cutting the ball back to Barrios, who volleyed home from close range.
The lead was doubled five minutes before the interval. On this occasion, Goetze was the beneficiary of a Mats Hummels pass towards the right flank. He found Barrios inside the area and though Alexander Madlung blocked the shot, Sahin reacted quicker than Peter Pekarik to slide the ball home past Diego Benaglio, via the inside of the post.
A third goal arrived on 71 minutes as Dortmund pressed home their superiority against a flat Wolfsburg. Sahin whipped the cross in from the right on with his trusty left boot. Neven Subotic looked for the glancing header but failed to make contact, which threw off the Wolfsburg defense. His center-back partner Hummels then stuck out a leg and poked the ball home.
Wolfsburg attacked from the kick-off and after Lukasz Piszczek brought down Mario Mandzukic after a matter of seconds, Diego's free-kick hit the side-netting. Barrios meanwhile could have had a first-half hat-trick but his twelfth minute header was cleared off the line by Josue, while on 24 minutes he headed straight at Benaglio. Four minutes later, Roman Weidenfeller pulled off a smart double save, first from Diego's long-range effort and then from Grafite's rebound.
The second period was frequently interrupted with breaks for injury and it lacked the rhythm of the opening 45 minutes. Wolfsburg's new signing Dieumerci Mbokani was introduced but to no avail as Dortmund were never seriously troubled by Steve McClaren's gross underachievers. Fabian Johnson skied a shot over the bar from close range, which was as good as it got.
Dortmund host Schalke in the Revierderby on Friday evening whilst Wolfsburg face a trip to second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
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