Updated: Saturday, 12 April 2014 23:44 | By Agence France-Presse

Wolfsburg climb to fourth in Bundesliga

VfL Wolfsburg continued their push for a place in next season's Champions League after a thumping 4-1 win over Nuremburg saw them go fourth in the Bundesliga on Saturday. 


Wolfsburg climb to fourth in Bundesliga

Wolfsburg's head coach Dieter Hecking reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs VfL Wolfsburg in Dortmund, western Germany, on April 5, 2014 - by Patrik Stollarz

With champions Bayern Munich later hosting second-placed Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena, there was plenty of movement lower down the table.

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking saw his former club take the lead when Markus Feulner fired home for second-from-bottom Nuremberg on eight minutes. 

But Wolfsburg hit back with two goals in four minutes from Croatian pair Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic. 

First Olic slid home his 12th goal of the season from a Kevin de Bruyne cross, then the Belgian midfielder teed up Perisic to clip over Nuremburg keeper Raphael Schaefer after 22 minutes. 

Belgium Under-21 midfielder Junior Malanda drilled home with 21 minutes left before Olic set up Perisic to condemn Nuremburg to their seventh defeat in eight matches.

The win saw Wolfsburg leapfrog Leverkusen, who play on Sunday, and Borussia Moenchengladbach, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Vfb Stuttgart. 

The guests started the day outside the relegation zone on goal difference but they looked set for a valuable victory when Daniel Didavi slammed home early on when Timo Werner scuffed a shot into his path.  

But Juan Arango's header with just a minute remaining salvaged a point for Moenchengladbach. 

Stuttgart are now one point clear of third-from-bottom Hamburg, who lost 2-1 at Hanover. 

Hamburg coach Mirko Slomka returned to Hanover 96 for the first time since his sacking in December but his new team fell behind on nine minutes when Lars Stindl headed home Edgar Prib's cross.

Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart then cleared Didier Ya Konan's header off the line before Leonardo Bittencourt saw his deflected shot hit the post. 

Hamburg levelled though when Hakan Calanoglou caught out Hanover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler three minutes into the second half. It was the Turkish midfielder's 10th goal of the season and his fourth direct from a free-kick. 

Ya Konan scrambled home with four minutes remaining, however, to help Hanover pull five points clear of the relegation zone. 

In the other meeting of two relegation candidates, Freiburg saw off bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0. 

Damir Vrancic headed into his own net from a corner to hand the home side an early lead.  

Three minutes into the second half Freiburg got another stroke of luck when Julian Schuster's speculative effort deflected in off Braunschweig defender Ermin Bicakcic.

Meanwhile Europa League hopefuls Mainz swept aside mid-table Werder Bremen 3-0. 

An own goal from Nils Petersen set the home side on their way before Christoph Moritz doubled their advantage on 16 minutes. 

Yunus Malli completed the scoring before half-time. 

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