Emotions were running high in both camps after Borussia Dortmund’s dramatic 2-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg in a thrilling encounter at the Volkswagen Arena.
VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Reus (32’), 1-1 Rodriguez (p. 90+1’), 1-2 Kagawa (90+3’)
Marco Reus (Dortmund forward): “It was an evenly-balanced game and we finally picked up three big points. The match was played at a very high level overall. We were the better team in the first half, but Wolfsburg were after the break. They played well, but it’s always frustrating to concede a goal so close to the final whistle. That made it all the nicer that we were able to produce such a great counterattack, which Shinji [Kagawa] finished off.”
Sven Bender (Dortmund midfielder): “The last few minutes were intense. Obviously it’s disappointing to concede a penalty just before the end, even if Wolfsburg deserved a point after their performance in the second half. But they way we fought back is simply outstanding. To break like that right at the end is just fantastic. We were clearly on top in the first half, but the Wolves were better in the second half. It’s a hard-fought win at the end of the day – but it feels great.”
Neven Subotic (Dortmund defender): “[After they equalised] we went to score again, which we did really well. Whether or not we deserved to do so is a different question but we’re proud to take three points from such an exciting game.”
Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund coach): “It was hugely disappointing to concede a penalty just before the end, even if an equaliser had been coming and Wolfsburg deserved it. Strangely enough though, I immediately felt that we played with greater poise after that and in the last three minutes we played the way we did in the first 35… It’s an incredible result. We knew we’d need a top performance, especially given all of the players we’re missing. We produced the goods and in the end we showed a very special mentality. We’re very happy.”
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg coach): “It’s extremely frustrating. We should never have allowed them to break like that [for the winning goal]. We won the ball two or three times after they kicked off but gave it back too cheaply each time. We made a lot of mistakes at the start of the match, got very lucky with their two efforts that hit the woodwork and practically gifted them the opening goal. After that we had the match under control, we put Dortmund under pressure and should have equalised earlier."