Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - Page 19 News List

Wolfsburg hold Dortmund, ’Gladbach third


Borussia Dortmund’s Ciro Immobile, right, and VFL Wolfsburg’s Naldo fight for the ball during their Bundesliga match in Dortmund, Germany, on Wednesday.

Photo: Reuters

Borussia Dortmund conceded a late goal and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home against VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Wednesday.

Naldo scored in the 85th minute for Wolfsburg, who are now 11 points behind Bayern Munich in second place.

Ciro Immobile had given Dortmund a 2-1 lead in the 76th minute, but they failed to hold on for a badly needed win and remained in the danger zone.

“You can draw against Wolfsburg, they are a very good team,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.

Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated 10-man Werder Bremen 4-1 to take third place on goal-difference over Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who won 1-0 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim thanks to a goal from Stefan Kiessling in the 79th minute.

Schalke 04 beat SC Paderborn 07 2-1, while the thriller of the night saw Eintracht Frankfurt overcome a 3-0 deficit and Alexander Meier score two goals in stoppage-time for a 4-4 draw against Hertha BSC.

Dortmund led twice, but still could not get the win.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the eighth minute, connecting with a pinpoint cross from Immobile.

Kevin de Bruyne equalized when he fired a free-kick under the wrong-footed Mitch Langerak in the 29th minute.

Luiz Gustavo lost the ball before Immobile restored Dortmund’s lead, only to see Naldo score with a unchallenged header after a free-kick.

“I can’t say anything against our performance, we played very well and tried everything, but Wolfsburg are good,” said Klopp, whose team are 16th — the relegation playoff place.

Moenchengladbach dominated against bottom-place Bremen, who lost Luca Cardiola in the 66th minute after two bookings within three minutes.

Max Kruse converted a penalty, Oscar Wendt added a second and Christoph Kramer also scored for Moenchengladbach, before Branimir Hrgota netted after Cardiola’s dismissal.

Zlatko Juzunovic scored with a spectacular free-kick for Bremen.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Roman Neustaedter canceled out an own-goal from Kaan Ayhan as Schalke prevailed in Paderborn.

Meier increased his league-leading goal tally to 12 in the incredible finish in Frankfurt.

Hertha led 3-0 by the 37th minute and 4-2 in the 80th, before Meier salvaged the draw.

Frankfurt have the second-best attack after Bayern, but also have the second-worst defense, having scored and conceded 33 goals.

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