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Volkswagen Arena (ATT 28,431) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Bastian Dankert

Wolfsburg Wolfsburg vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

Wolfsburg 4

I Olic (19)
I Perisic (22, 82)
J Malanda (69)


Nurnberg 1

M Feulner (8)

Wolfsburg bounce back

Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:36pm

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Ivica Olic helped set Wolfsburg on their way to victory

Ivica Olic helped set Wolfsburg on their way to victory

Wolfsburg came from behind to get the better of relegation-threatened Nurnberg 4-1 and move above Bayer Leverkusen into fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Markus Feulner gave the visitors the lead, but two goals in three minutes from Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic turned the game on its head.

As a battling Nurnberg searched for an equaliser, Junior Malanda doubled the home team's advantage midway through the second half before Perisic grabbed his second and Wolfsburg's fourth of a dominant victory.

Nurnberg knew they would need more than a draw at the VW-Arena, and this made for an open game with both sides clearly keen to take all three points.

The Bavarians got off to a flyer too when Feulner put them in front in the eighth minute, skipping past Naldo and finishing into the bottom left-hand corner.

Wolfsburg responded with had a string of chances, with Raphael Schafer able to match the efforts until the Nurnberg goalkeeper was ultimately beaten in the 19th minute.

Kevin De Bruyne's diagonal ball was right into the path of Olic, who netted his 12th goal of the season from six yards.

Before Nurnberg even knew what had hit them they had fallen behind, with De Bruyne once again the provider, this time for Olic's compatriot Perisic, whose composed finish beat Schafer.

The industrious De Bruyne set up Olic for another big chance on the half-hour mark, but Schafer reacted quickly and was favoured by the Croatian's failure to bring the ball under control with only the keeper to beat.

De Bruyne nearly got his own name on the scoresheet early in the second half, but Schafer somehow managed to keep the former Werder Bremen and Chelsea winger's shot out.

Olic missed another good chance as Wolfsburg looked to finish off their guests, succeeding in the 69th minute when Malanda's accurate, low shot from outside the area beat Schafer.

Nurnberg's heads dropped and Wolfsburg showed no mercy as they netted a fourth eight minutes from time, with former Dortmund midfielder Perisic scoring his second of the afternoon from Olic's pass to the far post. De Bruyne was again involved in the build-up.

Vieirinha nearly rubbed salt in Nurnberg's wounds in the last minute, but his lob was cleared off the line acrobatically by Robert Mak.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25