BV Borussia Dortmund ruthlessly disposed of FC Energie Cottbus 3-0 this afternoon to maintain their hopes of claiming the 1. Bundesliga title.
The UEFA Cup semi-finalists took advantage of Timo Rost's 18th-minute dismissal to move to within a point of Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the summit. Rost's sending off was foolish as, after being booked for a body check of Tomáš Rosicky, he continued to pester Dortmund with niggly fouls.
Made to pay
Ewerthon and Rosicky made Cottbus pay with two quick goals. Rosicky was the creator of the opening goal, with his pass into the penalty area finding Jan Koller who played in Ewerthon to fire home from close range.
It was the impressive Rosicky who added the second, playing a one-two with fellow countryman Koller and holding his nerve to slot past Tomislav Piplica from eight metres. Giuseppe Reina wrapped up the win nine minutes from time when he latched on to Evanilson's lofted pass, controlled the ball and slotted past the unprotected Piplica.
Diego Klimowicz and Martin Petrov scored second-half goals as VfL Wolfsburg overcame a first-half onslaught to defeat SV Werder Bremen and all but seal their Bundesliga survival in Sunday's other game. Wolfsburg had goalkeeper Claus Reitmeier to thank for a series of critical first-half saves which kept them in the game
Victory sees Wolfsburg move 14 points clear of the relegation zone after opening the season with seven straight defeats, and within six points of Bremen, whose European ambitions were checked by defeat. They are now nine points adrift of fifth place with just six games to play.