Wolfsburg made a big step towards another season in Germany's top flight on Thursday, as goals from Divock Origi, Josip Brekalo and Yunus Malli were enough to ease past the visitors, reports Xinhua news agency.
The hosts were on the front foot but Holstein Kiel scored the equalizer against the run of the game as Dominick Drexler danced through Wolfsburg defence before Kingsley Schindler poked home in the 34th minute.
Bruno Labbadia's men responded well and restored their one-goal lead six minutes later when Josip Brekalo hammered home a deflected ball with a one-timer from outside the box.
With the two-goal lead behind Wolfsburg retracted and focussed on protecting their advantage to the final whistle. However, Holstein Kiel piled on the pressure and came to a number of promising opportunities in the closing period.
Wolfsburg were nevertheless able to run down the clock and take a two-goal advantage into the second leg at Holstein Kiel on Monday.
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