Sat, 05 Dec 2020

BERLIN, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Wolfsburg clinched its first win in the new season after beating newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld 2-1 at home in the fifth round of Bundesliga matches on Sunday.

Maximilian Arnold and Wout Weghorst were on target for the Wolves, condemning Bielefeld to its third straight defeat this season.

Wolfsburg set the tone from the start and had its first chance 12 minutes into the match when Renato Steffen pulled wide from a promising position.

The hosts continued in search for the opener and were rewarded on 19 minutes as Arnold faked a free-kick and passed to the unmarked Weghorst, who made no mistake to hammer home.

Arnold remained in the thick of things as he got his name on the scoreboard just one minute later, clinically finishing off Admir Mehmedi's build-up play to make it 2-0.

After the restart, Wolfsburg assumed control again and should have extended its lead, but Weghorst headed from close range while Renato Steffen failed to beat Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega in a one-on-one at the hour mark.

The visitors punished Wolfsburg's wastefulness in front of goal and halved the deficit against the run of play when Sven Schipplock finished from Ritsu Doan's assist in the 80th minute.

Wolfsburg tumbled but Oliver Glasner's men had enormous luck as Manuel Prietl's shot was deflected onto the post in the 83rd minute.

Bielefeld pressed forward but Wolfsburg was able to protect its narrow lead to the final whistle.

With the win, Wolfsburg climbs to the 10th place in the standings, while Bielefeld stays 14th.

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim shared the spoils after Dennis Geiger canceled out Maximilian Eggestein's early opener.

The draw lifted Bremen to sixth position, while Hoffenheim remains in eighth spot.

Bayer Leverkusen and Augsburg conclude the fifth round of Bundesliga matches on Monday.

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