Wolfs­burg grab a 3-0 win against Schalke in Ger­many’s Bun­desliga

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Wolfs­burg found out there is life af­ter Kevin de Bruyne, beat­ing Schalke 3-0 in a show­down be­tween two highly rated Bun­desliga teams on Fri­day.

De Bruyne is set to leave Wolfs­burg for Manch­ester City in a block­buster deal and was not in the squad, watch­ing the match from the stands.

Wolfs­burg di­rec­tor Klaus Allofs said be­fore the match that “only a few small things” re­main to be set­tled be­fore the trans­fer can be com­pleted, but also added that “ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble” be­fore the Mon­day dead­line for any moves.

Also watch­ing from the stands was for­ward Ivan Perisic, who has raised the in­ter­est of In­ter Mi­lan.

“We showed we can play good football even with­out them,” Allofs said. “When you beat Schalke 3-0, it’s a good re­sponse.”

Bas Dost opened the scor­ing for Wolfs­burg, while Ri­cardo Ro­driguez con­verted a penalty and Timm Klose com­pleted the win in the sec­ond half.

De Bruyne was Bun­desliga’s player of the sea­son and his trans­fer is re­port­edly worth 75 mil­lion eu­ros (US$84.5 mil­lion).

“We have to win with­out them too,” Wolfs­burg coach Di­eter Heck­ing said of de Bruyne and Perisic. “We wanted a good start (to the sea­son) and now we have seven points, so it was im­por­tant for us to win. We were dis­ci­plined for 90 min­utes.”

Dost scored in the 17th minute, vol­ley­ing in a good cross from Chris­tian Traesch.

Wolfs­burg earned the penalty when Sead Ko­lasinac fouled Luiz Gus­tavo and Ro­driguez con­verted in the 59th.

Ro­driguez set up the third goal two min­utes later with a low cor­ner that Klose di­verted into the net from the near post.

Schalke now has four from three matches.



Wolfs­burg’s Bas Dost, bot­tom, chal­lenges for the ball with Schalke’s Dennis Aogo, right, and Ju­lian Draxler, left, dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween Vfl Wolfs­burg and FC Schalke 04 in Wolfs­burg, Fri­day, Aug. 28.

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