Wolves leave it late
Monday, 31 March 2008

Sports Correspondent

Jacek Krzynowek’s injury-time winner snatched all three points for Wolfsburg whose impressive away form continued at Hansa Rostock on Friday.

Rostock goalkeeper Stefan Wachter had repeatedly denied the visitors but was left heartbroken as Krzynowek fired home in the last minute to secure Wolfsburg’s sixth victory on the road this season.

Wolfsburg started the better but could not manage to turn possession into chances and it took until the 15th minute before either goalkeeper was tested.

Makoto Hasebe picked up the ball on the edge of the area before unleashing a fierce shot that Wachter did well to tip over the crossbar.

That near escape seemed to spark Rostock into life as three minutes later they had their first decent shot on goal but Tobias Rathgeb blazed over the crossbar from just outside the area.

The midfielder should have put his side in front after 28 minutes but his 25-yard effort was too weak and Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio was able to catch easily.

Wachter pulled off one of the saves of the season on the half-hour mark - diving low to his left to parry out Christian Gentner’s header. And minutes later the Rostock number one again prevented his side from going behind as he reacted well to keep out Jonathan Santana’s superb header from Hasebe’s cross.

Rostock came close to taking a lead into half-time but Benaglio did well to smother Kai Bulow’s thunderbolt of a strike from 25 yards. The hosts started the second half much as they had ended the first and could have been in front seconds after the restart.

Half-time substitute Addy-Waku Menga spotted Benaglio off his line but his 30-yard effort brushed the top of the crossbar. Wachter once again kept his side in the game after 53 minutes as he tipped a corner over the crossbar and then, seconds later, pulled off a great stop to keep out Gentner’s header at point-blank range.

Fin Bartels had a good chance to win the game four minutes from time as a defensive header fell into his path, but Benaglio reacted well to rush out of his area and smother it. Rostock were left to rue that chance as the visitors stole all three points with practically the last kick of the game.

Mame Cheikh Niang opened up the defence with a magnificent pass to Alexander Laas on the left flank, before he who pulled the ball back for Krzynowek to slot home.

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