Borussia Dortmund picked up a valuable three points on Saturday afternoon to close the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to one point ahead of the Bundesliga’s evening game.
Rapahel Guerreiro opened the scoring on half hour with a tap in after Erling Haaland’s air short, before fellow wingback Achraf Hakimi killed the game off 20 minutes from time with a fine finish on the counter-attack.
VfL Wolfsburg had been taking the game to Dortmund for the opening 25 minutes of the second half but without testing Roman Burki too often. Substitute Felix Kaus was sent off in the final 10 minutes.
Here are my ratings from Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund:
Roman Burki 7 – Made a comfortable save from Renato Steffen but had little else to deal with. Looked comfortable and well positioned on crosses.
Manuel Akanji 7 – Daniel Ginczek hit the top of the crossbar and Manuel Akanji also went unpunished for a slip in the six-yard box when the ball was played across goal but otherwise no real problems for the Swiss defender.
Mats Hummels 6 – Comfortable first half for the experienced defender but was replaced at half-time. Borussia Dortmund fans will want an update on Mats Hummels’ fitness as soon as possible with a crunch game coming midweek.
Lucasz Piszczek 8 – Wolfsburg never caused any threats down the experienced Polish defender’s side.
Achraf Hakimi 8 – Saw a lot of the ball down the right-hand side all afternoon and scored the second goal to kill off the game with a fine finish. Achraf Hakimi didn’t allow Admir Mehmedi to create anything out wide for the hosts.
Thomas Delaney 8 – Excellent game in the middle of the park, breaking up Wolfsburg’s possession, steady in possession and protecting his back three very well.
Mahmoud Dahoud 7 – Did his fair share of defensive duties and played a simple passing game when in possession.
Raphael Guerreiro 8 – On hand to tap Borussia Dortmund into a first half lead at the back post whilst also protecting his side’s defence down the left wing. Three goals in two games for the Portuguese wingback since the restart.
Thorgan Hazard 5 – Off-colour performance from Thorgan Hazard this afternoon before being replaced in the final quarter-of-an-hour. Thorgan Hazard technically had an assist to his name with help of Erling Haaland’s air shot but otherwise his passing game was far short of usual and rarely looked a threat in the opposite half.
Julian Brandt 5 – Quiet afternoon for the German international before being substituted midway through the second half. Not much of note apart from a couple of poor first touches and misplaced passes.
Erling Haaland 5 – Kept quiet by John Brooks. Erling Haaland’s best chance turned into an air shot which gifted Guerreiro his tap in for Dortmund’s opener. The teenager had a good chance towards the end to make it 3-0 but knocked the ball out for a goal kick instead of being able to get a shot away.
Emre Can (45 mins) 6 – Was a nervous opening 25 minutes after replacing Mats Hummels at centre-back but in the end Wolfsburg never really threatened Burki.
Jadon Sancho (27 mins) 7 – Looked sharp after coming on. Excellent move to start the counter-attack before providing the assist for Hakimi that put the game beyond reach for Wolfsburg.
Giovanni Reyna (13 mins) N/A – Late introduction for the 17-year-old but barely got a touch of the ball.
Marcel Schmeltzer (9 mins) N/A – Gave Raphael Guerreiro a rest whilst also getting some minutes under his belt.
Leonard Balerdi (9 mins) N/A – Lucien Favre introduced some more energy to see out the victory late on.