As Borussia Dortmund edged past Wolfsburg and climbed up to fourth in the Bundesliga on Sunday, England’s winger Jadon Sancho set up the opener and scored his first season goal.
In the 66th minute before the livewire last-gasp strike sealed victory in Dortmund’s first match of 2021, Manuel Akanji headed home to Sancho’s corner.
Sancho, who slotted the ball past Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels, was found by Emre Can’s clearance.
Before the start of play, Wolfsburg had regularly threatened to at least maintain the two-point advantage they retained over Dortmund.
As the high-flying visitors dominated the opening ten minutes of the match, Yannick Gerhardt almost opened the scoring, while Dortmund’s top scorer Erling Haaland threatened more as the half went on and Sancho spurned a fine chance in front of the goal just before the break.
Haaland, who was replaced later and had missed Dortmund’s previous four league games with a hamstring injury, was stopped by goalkeeper Koen Casteels when eight minutes after the break he was clean through on target.
The striker had forced a stunning save from Casteels twice just before half-time, which had been scuffed wide on Sancho’s rebound.
Dortmund moved six points behind leaders RB Leipzig and five points behind Bayern Munich, who later in the day hosted Mainz.
The two-match streak of Wolfsburg wins and clean sheets came to an end when they tasted loss three weeks ago for the first time since losing to Bayern, falling to sixth.