Wolfsburg took another step towards the Bundesliga title with a 4-0 home win over a Hoffenheim side on the decline. A goalless first 45 minutes was changed in the second with an Edin Dzeko hat-trick and GrafiteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 32nd goal of the season.Ã‚Â
The win sees the Wolves go three points clear of Bayern Munich in second and has taken their goal difference to +30.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The start was a little restless,Ã¢â‚¬Â trainer Felix Magath said after the game.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thanks to [Diego] Benaglio we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go behind though. We should really have taken the lead ourselves in the first half.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the 1-0 lead after an hour, the game was all but decided in our favour as Hoffenheim then dropped a gear. That we were then able to improve our goal difference was of course pleasing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dzeko was also extremely pleased with his goalscoring display, which saw him take his seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tally to 19.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That is my first hat-trick since I turned professional. Of course it is a totally crazy feeling,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Bosnian said following the final whistle.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We can be very pleased today to have won so convincingly because we made it difficult for ourselves in the first half and Hoffenheim had a few good chances.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Despite the joy, we are already preparing for Stuttgart next week.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Mathew Burt, Goal.com