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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 58,000) 3rd May 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Brych

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Wolfsburg Wolfsburg

Stuttgart 1

C Gentner (62)

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Wolfsburg 2

K De Bruyne (15)
I Olic (90+1)

Wolfsburg stay in the hunt

Last Updated: 03/05/14 5:00pm

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Ivica Olic celebrates his vital goal

Ivica Olic celebrates his vital goal

Ivica Olic kept Wolfsburg's hopes of playing Champions League football next season alive as he struck late to earn his side a 2-1 win at Stuttgart.

Kevin De Bruyne had given the Wolves the lead but Christian Gentner levelled for Huub Stevens' men, who needed a point to be certain of preserving their place in the Bundesliga next season.

With Hamburg and Nurnberg both losing, that point was not ultimately necessary, and Olic's late goal did not do too much harm to Stuttgart, although it could prove to be priceless for Dieter Hecking's men as they now trail fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen by just a point going into the final weekend of the season.

Wolfsburg showed a little more hunger early on and Ivan Perisic went closer with an early header.

They took the lead after Stuttgart failed to clear a corner fully and the ball fell out to De Bruyne, who hammered the ball in from 20 yards out, leaving Sven Ulreich no chance in the Stuttgart goal, while two of his defenders were on the ground after clashing heads.

Wolfsburg tried to turn the screw and Ulreich stretched to tip a Ricardo Rodriguez free-kick over the crossbar on the stroke of half-time.

The hosts already knew that they were on course for safety even with a defeat as they emerged for the second half as Hamburg and Nurnberg were both losing their matches, yet they did not look intent on accepting a defeat.

They levelled when Gentner was put through with only Diego Benaglio to beat, and the former Wolfsburg midfielder did not celebrate after picking his spot inside the Swiss goalkeeper's near post.

Stuttgart were now in the ascendency and Ibrahima Traore's shot hit the outside of the post as they went close to taking the lead.

In the end it was Olic who pounced at the other end to score from close range and preserve Wolfsburg's Champions League hopes, although both sets of fans had reason to celebrate when the final whistle sounded.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19