Wolfsburg have beaten lowly Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 to underline their Champions League ambitions in an impressive Bundesliga season.
Renato Steffen opened the scoring off Yannick Gerhardt’s low cross from the right on a counter attack in the 29th, and got the second two minutes after the restart when an initial shot from Wout Weghorst was partially saved by goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.
Maximilian Arnold curled into the top left corner in the 54th for the third goal.
Bielefeld’s only real chance came seconds after Steffen’s opener from Michel Vlap as Wolfsburg dominated throughout for a fifth victory in an unbeaten run of eight league games, without conceding a goal in the last seven.
“We had to be clever and mature. We did that, deserved to win and go home very satisfied,” Arnold told streaming portal DAZN. “Things are going well but there are still a few matches to be played.”
The 2009 champions climbed into third for at least a day, overtaking Eintracht Frankfurt who host champions and leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday. The top four finishers get a Champions League berth.
Bielefeld, who played to a surprise 3-3 draw in Munich on Monday, are without victory in four matches and third-last in the relegation play-off spot.
“We lost against a very good team. We knew every mistake would be punished. We need to defend better,” Bielefeld’s Manuel Prietl said.
Other weekend games include the Ruhr derby between bottom club Schalke and Borussia Dortmund who cannot afford to drop further points if they want to qualify for the Champions League.