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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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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 35
12 Werder Bremen 30 33
13 Hannover 96 30 32
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25