November 11, 2012
VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Wolfsburg picked up their first home win of the Bundesliga season and brought Bayer Leverkusen's 11-game unbeaten streak to an end with victory at the VW-Arena.
Diego set Lorenz-Gunther Kostner's side on the way to victory with two goals in the first 16 minutes before Bas Dost settled matters before half-time.
A tired-looking Leverkusen improved to hold their own in the second half, grabbing a late consolation through Stefan Kiessling, but they lost for the first time in nearly two months and missed the chance to go third in the table.
The Wolves had won at the VW-Arena once this season, but that was in the DFB-Pokal, Kostner's second game in charge.
They just needed to follow that up in the league, and Brazilian midfielder Diego inspired them to victory.
He put the home side in front after just four minutes with a trademark direct free-kick from nearly 25 yards, curled over the wall and into the corner.
He added a second 12 minutes later, scoring from much closer range this time after being given the ball by Dost.
Another Diego free-kick almost led to a third goal for Wolfsburg in the 29th minute, but Naldo's header was cleared off the line by Philipp Wollscheid with Michael Rensing beaten.
Just four minutes passed before the Wolves did register a third goal.
Diego got the move going, sending Marcel Schafer down the left, the latter sending a ball across the box for Dost to score his third goal under Kostner, and his fourth in the league this season.
Bayer were transformed in the second half, probably after a dressing down at the interval, and they did not give Wolfsburg much chance to test their defensive frailties, looking instead to find some at the other end.
Wolfsburg were happy to defend their lead and never looked in any danger of conceding until stoppage time, when Kiessling raced into the area and beat Diego Benaglio from a tight angle when the home team's defence was already heading for the dressing room.
|VfL Wolfsburg||Bayer Leverkusen|
|1 Diego Benaglio||33 Michael Rensing|
|40 Simon Kjaer||4 Philipp Wollscheid|
|25 Naldo||5 Manuel Friedrich|
|4 Marcel Schäfer||14 Hajime Hosogai|
|32 Fagner||20 Daniel Carvajal|
|7 Josué||3 Stefan Reinartz|
|29 Jan Polak||13 Jens Hegeler|
|12 Bas Dost||8 Lars Bender|
|10 Diego||9 Andre Schürrle|
|11 Ivica Olic||11 Stefan Kießling|
|13 Makoto Hasebe||27 Gonzalo Castro|
|5 Emanuel Pogatetz||David Yelldell 22|
|38 Thomas Kahlenberg||Sebastian Boenisch 17|
|17 Alexander Madlung||Renato Augusto 10|
|35 Marvin Hitz||Carlos Vinícius Santos de Jesus 23|
|39 Michael Schulze||Okan Aydin 19|
|34 Ricardo Rodriguez||Dominik Kohr 31|
|19 Rasmus Jönsson||Junior Fernandes 7|
|Rasmus Jönsson for Bas Dost (86)||Renato Augusto for Jens Hegeler (45)|
|Thomas Kahlenberg for Makoto Hasebe (89)||Sebastian Boenisch for Hajime Hosogai (45)|
|Alexander Madlung for Diego (90)||Junior Fernandes for Gonzalo Castro (75)|
|Naldo (7)||Sebastian Boenisch (48)|
|Philipp Wollscheid (68)|
|Stefan Reinartz (87)|
|· Squads: VfL Wolfsburg | Bayer Leverkusen|