Wolfsburg beats Hertha 2-1 to consolidate 2nd in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Dutch striker Bas Dost scored twice for Wolfsburg to consolidate second place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 2-1 win over relegation candidate Hertha Berlin.
Dost maintained his remarkable feat of scoring in every Wolfsburg game this year with his 10th and 11th goals in six competitive games.
The former Heerenveen forward got off the mark in the 10th minute when Andre Schuerrle headed on Vieirinha’s cross.
Julian Schieber equalized on the half hour with a diving header to Valentin Stocker’s cross after the Swiss had shaken off a defender.
Dost sealed the result in the 74th when he converted on the rebound after Luiz Gustavo’s effort crashed back off the post.
“He’s always in the right position,” Schuerrle said of Dost.
Wolfsburg stayed eight points behind Bayern Munich and 10 points clear of third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, which had Branimir Hrgota to thank for salvaging a 1-1 draw at Hamburger SV with an injury time goal in the early game.
Zoltan Stieber’s 73rd-minute strike looked enough to lift struggling Hamburg away from the relegation zone one week after the side suffered its worst ever league defeat in the 8-0 loss at Bayern Munich.
But Hrgota scored with a header from a corner in the 92nd to earn a point and consolidate third place.
’Gladbach made the better start, with Max Kruse going close and Patrick Herrmann striking the post in the fifth minute.
The second half was an uneventful affair until Artjoms Rudnevs set up Stieber to curl his effort inside the far post on a counterattack.
Kruse might have equalized in injury time but shot straight at the goalkeeper, before Hrgota cut the Hamburg celebrations short.
“The whole team wanted to win, they didn’t want a draw,” Hamburg coach Joe Zinnbauer said. “But we played against a very strong opponent and now we have to carry on. It was a strong performance and that remains, even if we conceded the equalizer later.”
Hamburg is just two points above the relegation zone, while Hertha is two from safety and fighting its third relegation in five years.