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Grafite treble gets Wolfsburg going

Published: Wednesday 16 September 2009, 0.20CET
VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 PFC CSKA Moskva
Brazilian striker Grafite supplied three assured finishes to ensure the German titleholders a perfect UEFA Champions League debut.
by Ian Holyman
from VfL Wolfsburg Arena

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Match statistics

WolfsburgCSKA Moskva

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target9
 
7
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
20
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Matches

15 September 2009

A JuventusJuventus
1 - 1
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A M. HaifaM. Haifa
0 - 3
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C ZürichZürich
2 - 5
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1 - 2
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D ChelseaChelsea
1 - 0
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D AtléticoAtlético
0 - 0
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B WolfsburgWolfsburg
3 - 1
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B BeşiktaşBeşiktaş
0 - 1
Man. UnitedMan. UnitedReportReplayfree highlights

16 September 2009

E LiverpoolLiverpool
1 - 0
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E LyonLyon
1 - 0
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F InternazionaleInternazionale
0 - 0
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3 - 1
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G StuttgartStuttgart
1 - 1
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2 - 0
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H StandardStandard
2 - 3
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1 - 0
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Published: Wednesday 16 September 2009, 0.20CET

Grafite treble gets Wolfsburg going

VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 PFC CSKA Moskva
Brazilian striker Grafite supplied three assured finishes to ensure the German titleholders a perfect UEFA Champions League debut.

VfL Wolfsburg enjoyed a UEFA Champions League debut to remember as a Grafite hat-trick gave the Bundesliga titleholders an impressive victory against PFC CSKA Moskva.

Grafite treble
The Brazilian received a deserved standing ovation on his 89th-minute exit from the VfL Wolfsburg Arena after a clinical display against the Russian visitors, whose ambitions of a positive start to Group B were badly dented by two Grafite goals in six minutes late in the first half. The bustling forward then completed his hat-trick – and Wolfsburg's win – three minutes from time to end the hopes of a CSKA side for whom Alan Dzagoev's 76th-minute goal was the silver lining on a cloudy evening in Germany.

Early chance
Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh had urged his side not to play in awe of their opponents or the occasion, and he would have been heartened by a determined opening. The home team were presented with an early sight of goal when Sergey Ignashevich slipped on the edge of the area, but Christian Gentner's well-struck shot found only the legs of Igor Akinfeev before the Wolfsburg midfielder blasted the follow-up into the bank of home fans behind the goal. With the tireless Josué underpinning Wolfsburg, there was little sign of the fragility that had led them to concede ten goals in their last three league games, and CSKA were rarely seen as an attacking force.

Visionary presence
However, despite being in charge for only five days, Juande Ramos has already instilled a prodigious work ethic in his men, which meant Wolfsburg's attacking trio of Edin Džeko, Obafemi Martins and Grafite – starting together for the first time – were stifled for long periods. However, in Zvjezdan Misimović, Wolfsburg have a player with tremendous vision, as the Bosnia-Herzegovina international demonstrated to devastating effect nine minutes from the break. Grafite raced on to a perfectly-weighted pass and beat Akinfeev with the confidence borne of being last season's Bundesliga top scorer.

Two for Grafite
If the opening goal was the fruit of an instant of inspiration, then Wolfsburg's second soon after was the consequence of a moment of madness. With Akinfeev poised to collect Martins's lofted cross, Deividas Šemberas needlessly tugged Grafite's shirt. The Brazilian striker rose from the turf to dispatch the resulting spot-kick with unerring aplomb.

Enterprising
CSKA emerged from the break in more enterprising mood, but for all their endeavour failed to force Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio into a significant save with lone striker Guilherme finding imposing home centre-backs Andrea Barzagli and Alexander Madlung immovable objects. Only once did the duo falter, and both Dzagoev and substitute Nika Piliev came desperately close to turning in Miloš Krasić's teasing cross, before Dzagoev found space to direct a header narrowly wide.

Reward
The visitors got the reward their improved showing deserved when a delightful reverse pass from Guilherme released Dzagoev and the midfielder convincingly beat Benaglio. With the visitors searching for an equaliser Wolfsburg also had their chances as the game opened up in the closing stages, only a fingertip save from Akinfeev denying Misimović before Grafite beat the Russian international again to complete a memorable evening for the UEFA Champions League newcomers.

Last updated: 27/11/12 17.27CET

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Lineups

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK) (C)
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
7
JosuéJosué (C)
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
10
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Goal76
11
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution65
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
20
GuilhermeGuilherme
20
RietherSascha Riether
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Substitution68
23
GrafiteGrafite
Goal36
Goal41
Goal87
Substitution89
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution84
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
Substitution90+2
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
Yellow Card34
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
42
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
Substitution57

Substitutes

12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
77
NigmatullinArtur Nigmatullin (GK)
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
13
HasebeMakoto Hasebe
Substitution90+2
11
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution68
14
SantanaJonathan Santana
Substitution89
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
15
ZianiKarim Ziani
Substitution65
23
PilievNika Piliev
Substitution57
16
JohnsonFabian Johnson
50
GrigorievAnton Grigoriev
19
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
89
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution84

Coach

Armin Veh (GER) Juande Ramos (ESP)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Laurent Ugo (FRA)

Fourth official

Olivier Thual (FRA)

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