Wolfs­burg strike first in sur­vival bat­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BERLIN: Wolfs­burg struck the open­ing blow in their bat­tle to re­main in the Bun­desliga on Thurs­day when they de­feated neigh­bours Ein­tra­cht Brunswick 1-0 in the first leg of a pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion play-off.

A Mario Gomez penalty af­ter 35 min­utes proved the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides who meet in the sec­ond leg on Mon­day.

Wolfs­burg, who were league cham­pi­ons in 2009, fin­ished in 16th place in the ta­ble forc­ing them into a play-off against their lo­cal ri­vals who were third in the sec­ond divi­sion.

Stuttgart and Hanover were au­to­mat­i­cally pro­moted to the top flight tak­ing the place of Darm­stadt and In­gol­stadt who were rel­e­gated.

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