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Wolfsburg take first step towards Bundesliga survival

IANS  |  Berlin 

reaped a 3-1 victory over lower league side Kiel in the first leg of the relegation play-off.

made a big step towards another season in Germany's top flight on Thursday, as goals from Divock Origi, and were enough to ease past the visitors, reports

Both sides staged a lively opening period still it were the hosts who opened the scoring with 13 minutes when tapped home the rebound from from close range.

gained momentum and should have doubled their advantage moments later but William was unable to beat Kiel

The hosts were on the front foot but Kiel scored the equalizer against the run of the game as 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 hammered home a deflected ball with a one-timer from outside the box.

After the restart, squandered a promising chance to level the scores again but Wolfsburg' s denied Drexler.

Wolfsburg cut a better figure in front of the opponent's goal as benefitted on Origi's build up work to round for the 3-1 lead in the 56th minute.

With the two-goal lead behind Wolfsburg retracted and focussed on protecting their advantage to the final whistle. However, 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 on Monday.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 15:16 IST
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