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Volkswagen Arena (ATT 28,625) 31st August 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Robert Hartmann

Wolfsburg Wolfsburg vs Hertha Berlin Hertha

Wolfsburg 2

I Olic (43)
Diego (pen 45)

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Hertha 0

Wolfsburg keep up good run

Last Updated: 31/08/13 6:00pm

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Diego celebrates his goal for Wolfsburg

Diego celebrates his goal for Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg maintained their perfect home record this season by inflicting the first defeat of the campaign on Hertha Berlin.

Goals from Ivica Olic and Diego just before half-time were enough for the Wolves to celebrate a 2-0 victory which takes them into the top half of the table, just a point behind their opponents.

Wolfsburg defended their lead in the second half and almost added to it too, but that was not necessary to take the spoils.

Hecking chose Jan Polak to take the place of the suspended Luiz Gustavo in his midfield, recalling him for the first time after the opening-day defeat in Hannover.

His cross in the 14th minute almost led to a penalty, but the referee did not see Hajime Hosogai's handball as deliberate and waved play on.

The hosts kept up their hunt for an opener, but despite them enjoying most of the possession, the first big chance of the game went Hertha's way with Anis Ben-Hatira's cross met by the unmarked Adrian Ramos, who headed over the crossbar from six yards out.

Wolfsburg finally made their pressure count three minutes before half-time when Naldo's shot turned into an assist for Olic, who slid in to meet the ball on the edge of the six-yard box and open the scoring.

A foul by John Brooks on Diego just before the interval allowed the Brazilian to double Wolfsburg's advantage from the penalty spot.

Wolfsburg could have had a third in the second half when Koo Ja-cheol took the ball around Thomas Kraft, but he lost the angle for a shot and instead lifted a cross towards Diego who was unable to reach it.

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Table

German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15