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March 5, 2011
• BayArena, Leverkusen
Referee: F. Zwayer
• Attendance: 28115
L. Bender 21'
Renato Augusto 29'
S. Kießling 46'
FULL-TIME! It ends 3-0 here to the home side which is thoroughly deserved. Leverkusen looked impressive like they have the majority of the season while Wolfsburg are still looking like unlikely relegation candidates. Renato Augusto in particular was brilliant today. Champions League football is certainly on the cards for Jupp Heynckes' men and who can say they won't deserve it? That's it from us today. Hope you enjoyed this one. Auf Wiedersehen.
Wolfsburg have been woeful today, they really have. The away side are still looking to try and create something but last weekend's victory over Gladbach has not given the side the confidence people expected. Back to the drawing board.
Another good run down the left by Kadlec sees the ball played to Jorgensen who attempts to cross the ball to find Kiessling with a cut-back. However the striker fails to connect with the ball properly as the ball is cleared to safety.
After a good run by Kadlec the Czech defender slides the ball through to Kiessling on the edge of the box. The striker looks to shoot but Riether is on hand to smash the ball out for a corner just as Kiessling is about the pull the trigger.
Yellow Card Koo Ja-Cheol
Hasebe is down on the ground and Kiessling can count himself a little lucky to stay on the pitch with his elbow hitting the Japanese international in the face.
Castro blasts a ball into the box which Kiessling struggles to control despite getting a foot to the ball. Sam picks up the rebound yet Kjaer blocks shot and clears the ball to safety.
Wolfsburg are running out of time and ideas at the moment. Bayer will be happy to run down the clock and claim an easy three points.
Kadlec steps up to send a curling effort goalwards from the resulting free-kick from 25 yards out. Not a bad shot but Benaglio can watch on in comfort as it bounces wide of goal.
Yellow Card Arne Friedrich
Friedrich receives a yellow card for a foul on Rolfes. The German international now has five yellow cards this season and will miss next week's home tie versus Nuernberg.
Yellow Card Mbokani
Cicero whips an inviting ball into the box and Mbokani is on cue to direct a controlled half volley goalwards. It's a nice effort but heads narrowly over the bar.
Decent save from Benaglio as the 'keeper tips a Sam shot over the bar for a corner to die Werkself. Can the home team make it four?
Koo is on for his fourth substitute appearance since his January arrival. Polak makes way for his fellow new arrival.
A ball is whipped into the Leverkusen box and Mbokani gets underneath it but he can't direct it on target as it flies over the bar.
Sam gets himself into trouble as he is dispossed by Cicero on the wing. The Brazilian is allowed space to cross the ball but is unable to pick out Diego who is unmarked in the box.
Renato Augusto is having a sensational game and nearly scores again as he controls a long ball by headering the ball away from Kjaer and rifling in an effort from 15 yards. However, despite the power in the shit Benaglio is able to parry the ball to safety.
Polak plays it to Hasebe just inside the box put the Japanese midfielder can only drag his shot wide of goal from 15 yards out.
Grafite is warming up for Wolfsburg. The striker is the team's top scorer with seven in the league. Could the Brazilian drag his team back into the game?
Diego delivers a better cross from the right this time as his ball is met by the head of Polak. However his header fails to cause any problems for Adler as it drifts off target.
No.. His delivery is weak and fails to beat the first man (not for the first time today). Wolfsburg need some inspiration but from who?
Reinartz is penalised for a push on Diego. Can the Brazilian deliver a threatening ball from the resulting set-piece?
Vida breaks down the right wing and plays a ball into the box. However it's pretty weak and Benaglio is able to get the ball ahead of Kiessling.
Not much happening so far with Leverkusen looking content with passing the ball around knowing the hard work has been done in the first period.
Assist G. Castro
Goal Stefan Kießling
We're back underway here for the second half. Wolfsburg will be looking for an early goal and will be hoping substitute Mbokani can open his account for die Woelfe. The Congo international is on for Helmes who looked like he was struggling for full match fitness.
HALF-TIME! Leverkusen are good value for their 3-0 lead and it looks increasingly unlikely that Wolfsburg will earn their first win in the North Rhine-Westphalian city. Join us for the second half to see if Littbarski's men can stage an unlikely comeback or even learn how to defend.
45' + 1'
TOR KIESSLING! Renato Augusto flicks a ball over the top of a static looking Wolfsburg defence and Kielling races through before poking the ball high past an on-rushing Benaglio. Kjaer should have been marking the German striker there but was nowhere near getting to him.
Yellow Card Cícero
Schaefer floats a good looking ball into a crowded box but Adler does very well to claim the ball cleanly to avert the danger.
Renato Augusto has broken from the shackles imposed on him by Wolfsburg and is threatening to wreak havoc. The playmaker is awarded space on the edge of the area but Bender is inches away from connecting with his pass. Unlucky.
Cicero does well to keep the ball in play and gets the ball to Helmes in the box. However his shot is well blocked by Vida who is having a good game since his introduction.
Littbarski's men with a chance to create something with Diego standing over a free-kick 35 yards from goal. However his ball into the box is weak and Kiessling is back defending to head the ball to safety.
Wolfsburg look a little toothless in attack at the moment with Leverkusen doing well to stop the supply to Diego.
Die Werkself are in complete control of this now and it's hard to see how the away side can get back into this one.
Assist Simon Rolfes
Goal Renato Augusto
LEVERKUSEN 2-0! Kamikaze defending by Wolfsburg with Friedrich taking the ball into midfield and losing it. The home side counter-attack at pace with the ball being slid to Renato Augusto by Rolfes. The Brazilian has a clear run at goal and chooses to strike the ball from the edge of the area. It's not the most poweful effort but the ball creeps under Benaglio to make it 2-0. Poor goalkeeping from the man who kept his side in it a few minutes ago.
Reports are that Friedrich has suffered severe bruising to his shoulder. Could be out for a few weeks.
GREAT SAVE FROM BENAGLIO! Nearly 2-0 to the home side when Bender flicks the ball back to Castro. The right-back who is standing in for Barnetta on the left-wing is 15 yards from goal and sends a powerful volley towards the top corner but the Swiss shot-stopper acrobatically turns it over the bar. World class goalkeeping.
Assist Sidney Sam
Goal Lars Bender
TOR LEVERKUSEN! Beautiful goal from the home side. Rolfes slides a nice pas through to Sam who nonchalantly flicks the ball in the direction of Bender who is on the edge of the area. The young midfielder then calmly slides the ball just inside the near-post with Benaglio unable to get to the ball. Top finish.
The middle of the park looks heavily congested at the moment and with Wolfsburg going slightly defensive with Hasebe, Riether, Polak and Cicero, the home side are struggling to get through the midfield. Renato Augusto in particular is having to come deep to receive the ball.
Sam whips in a good cross which is met by Kiessling. However, the striker can only watch on as his tame header is caught by Benaglio.
Vida is on for Leverkusen with Friedrich clutching his shoulder on the sideline. The Croatian youngster who has come on is usually a right back but looks to have settled in at centre-back.
SO CLOSE FROM WOLFSBURG! The home side have come into the game in the last few minutes and should be 1-0 up. Cicero races past Levrrkusen's depleted defence and crosses for Riether. The midfielder is six yards out and with Adler beaten should score but can only hit the post.
Friedrich is still looking in pain on the touchline, worrying news for the home side with Hyypia out of the squad with flu. Vida is likely to come on.
Jupp Heynckes looks concerned at the moment with down injured. The defender Friedrich clashed with his 'keeper Adler.
Not much happening at the moment in terms of clear-cut chances as Bender does well to cut out Polak's cross.
Bayer force the first corner of the game with Schaefer blocking Renato Augusto's shot. Good early pressure from the home side.
Die Werkself have settled into a decent rhythm early on with Bender deputising for the influential Vidal in the middle who is currently serving a one-game suspension. Interestingly, Ballack isn't even named on the bench with Heynckes stating the veteran international has requested time to get fully fit.
We're underway here at the BayArena as the home side are straight on the attack. However, Sam's cross is plucked out of the air by Benaglio.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Bayer Leverkusen versus Wolfsburg in the Saturday evening Bundesliga game. Leverkusen have never lost at home to die Woelfe and will be hoping for a victory that will take them up to second in the league. Wolfsburg will be hoping for back-to-back wins to propel them up in the league and towards top-half security.
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