BERLIN (AP) — Wolfsburg inflicted a 3-0 defeat on relegation-threatened Freiburg to go fifth in the Bundesliga on Sunday, while Hertha Berlin beat bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 to consolidate seventh.
Maximilian Arnold put Wolfsburg ahead in the eighth minute, when the stationary Fallou Diagne allowed him to guide Patrick Ochs' cross beyond the helpless Freiburg goalkeeper, and Ivica Olic doubled the lead three minutes later after Luiz Gustavo did well to set him up.
"When you start a game like that you have no chance against a team like Wolfsburg," Freiburg coach Christian Streich said.
Olic should have scored again a minute later only to stumble with Freiburg's defense absent and the goal at his mercy, and the Croatian pulled another great chance narrowly wide in the 23rd.
Gelson Fernandes had a goal ruled offside for Freiburg, but TV replays showed it was the wrong call. The ball came off a defender before Admir Mehmedi crossed for the Swiss midfielder.
Freiburg improved after the break, though suffered a blow in the 49th when Francis Coquelin went off in considerable pain with a left ankle injury.
Matthias Ginter came agonizingly close to pulling one back with over 20 minutes remaining when he could only deflect Sebastian Kerk's cross over the unguarded net.
"It's very annoying," Ginter said. "We had one or two chances in the second half. If we had made it 2-1 it would have been close. But the lapses in concentration cost us dearly."
Marcel Schaefer scored in injury time on a counterattack to ensure an afternoon to forget for the home supporters.