BERLIN, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Wolfsburg climbed to second in Group G after overpowering front runners Salzburg on the goals from Ridle Baku and Lukas Nmecha in the fourth round of Champions League's group stage on Tuesday.
Salzburg grabbed a bright start on the road and had a promising chance to shock the hosts, but Karim Adeyemi couldn't score the opener from six meters and just Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels to beat in the 2nd minute.
The "Wolves" cut a better figure in front of Salzburg's goal and opened the scoring one minute later after Yannick Gerhardt's square pass to the far post allowed Baku to poke home from very close.
Salzburg responded well and controlled possession, but Wolfsburg staged a well-positioned defense and gave the visitors a hard time.
The visitors eventually got rewarded at the half-hour mark when Maximilian Wober curled a free-kick over the wall and into the top right corner to stun Casteels with the equalizer.
Wolfsburg remained unimpressed but failed to take a lead into halftime as Wout Weghorst missed the target from close range following another square pass from Gerhardt in the 36th minute.
After the restart, the visitors from Austria took over and carved out a couple of chances but for all that Adeyemi and Noah Okafor couldn't beat Casteels.
The momentum of the game changed out of the blue at the hour mark as Wolfsburg shocked Salzburg with the 2-1 lead after Nmecha chested down a long ball from Maximilian Arnold before drilling the ball into the roof of the net.
Nmecha remained a menace, but the striker wasted a promising chance to make it 3-1 from six meters in the 65th minute.
Salzburg threw every man up front and chanced it with a long-range effort, but Casteels was on guard and tipped Benjamin Sesko's long-range hammer over the bar in the dying minutes of the game.
With the result, Wolfsburg reaped a vital win and move second in Group G whereas Salzburg remain atop the standings.
"We secured a vital win in the group, and we are of course really happy. The early lead didn't help us as we played too passive. After the equalizer we increased the pressure. My team showed great will and mentality against a team from Salzburg which is always dangerous," Wolfsburg head coach Florian Kohfeldt said.
"We didn't play too bad, but we didn't make the most from our chances. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg scored with every shot on target. We have to focus on the next game in the group," Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi said. Enditem