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Wolfsburg’s Camacho ends career after two-year injury battle

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The former Spanish international midfielder Ignacio Camacho has ended his playing career after a two-year fight against injury and will take up a traineeship with Wolfsburg, the Bundesliga club said Monday.


The 30-year-old Camacho has had five foot operations since playing his last match for Wolfsburg in September 2018.

“My foot has said enough,” Camacho told a press conference. “After some time to reflect and many conversations with my doctors is time to say goodbye.

“I have done everything to been able to play on.”

Camacho came through the Atletico Madrid youth system and won the Europa League with the club in 2010.

He joined Wolfsburg in 2017 after a six-year stint with Malaga.

His two-year trainee programme at Wolfsburg will see him spend time in various departments to learn how the club works.

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Wolfsburg win away to push Werder Bremen closer to relegation

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A return to form for the Dutch international ensured Wolfsburg moved up to sixth place, jumping above Hoffenheim, and putting themselves back in place to qualify for next season’s Europa League.

Werder Bremen, who have been in the Bundesliga longer than any other club, remained second from bottom as their winless run at home in the German league was stretched to 13 games.

They are six points adrift of 15th-placed Mainz, who are just above the relegation zone, with just four games remaining.

Both clubs were full of endeavour in the rain at the Weser Stadium but did not create many clear-cut chances.

Wolfsburg had the first real effort of the game after 12 minutes when Josip Brekalo shot wide, followed immediately after by a breakaway opportunity for Weghorst, who cleverly pushed the ball around a defender but proved unable to do the same to home goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.

At the other end, Wolfsburg’s keeper Koen Casteels pulled off a good stop to save from Yuya Osako’s curling shot just past the half-hour mark.

It took until the last 10 minutes for the next decent opportunity as Wolfsburg’s Xaver Schlager thundered a shot against the crossbar followed quickly by the goal.

It was set up by strong defensive work from Swiss international Kevin Mbabu, who initiated the counter attack that was completed when Weghorst peeled off from his defenders to head home at the near post, and end a run of four games without a goal.

Wolfsburg can consolidate their bid for European club competition next season by beating Freiburg next Saturday.

Werder are next away at bottom-placed Paderborn on Saturday, desperately needing points in their bid to stay up.


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Dortmund ease past Wolfsburg 2-0 to stay in title hunt

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Borussia Dortmund scored a goal in each half through Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi to beat hosts VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 on Saturday for their sixth straight Bundesliga win to stay on the heels of leaders Bayern Munich.


Portugal international, Guerreiro tapped in a cutback from Thorgan Hazard after Erling Haaland had failed to connect in the 32nd minute and Hakimi fired in from a fine Jadon Sancho assist — his 16th of the season — in the 78th to make sure of the three points.

The result lifted second-placed Dortmund to 57 points, four behind leaders Bayern, who beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2.

The Bundesliga resumed last week, with no fans in attendance, after being suspended for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dortmund central defender, Mats Hummels, was taken off at halftime with a knock on the leg, although he did not appear to be seriously injured.

They are already missing injured Dan Axel Zagadou and Captain Marco Reus.

“I briefly spoke to the doctor,’’ Dortmund’s Sports Director, Michael Zorc, said.

“Mats had problems with his heel.

“He has had them in training for some time.

“We hope that he will be able to play on Tuesday.’’

The Wolves only briefly got a look-in when Renato Steffen was sent through right after the restart.

But with the only keeper, Roman Buerki, to beat his shot glanced the bar and sailed high.

They have now lost five consecutive home games to Dortmund, the first team to do that at Wolfsburg, while Dortmund have not conceded a goal in their two games since the league restart.

Wolfsburg, who suffered their first defeat in eight league games, were left with 10 men when substitute, Felix Klaus, was sent off with 10 minutes remaining for a rough challenge.

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Wolfsburg beat Augsburg 2-1 with stoppage-time winner

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Wolfsburg stretched their unbeaten league run to seven games with a 2-1 win at Augsburg in the Bundesliga, moving up to sixth in the standings as the season restarted on Saturday.


Daniel Ginczek’s stoppage-time winner secured the points after Augsburg’s Tin Jedvaj had cancelled out Renato Steffen’s first-half opener inside an empty Augsburg Arena.

Augsburg were playing without their new head coach Heiko Herrlich on the sidelines.

He was not allowed to attend the match after breaking quarantine by leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.

Winger Ruben Vargas went close to giving Augsburg the lead with a low shot which nearly caught out goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

But his initial block slowed the ball down enough for him to claw it back before it crept over the line.

At the other end, Wolfsburg’s players appealed for a penalty kick when Jedvaj’s attempted clearance inside the box hit his arm.

Wolfsburg took the lead two minutes before half-time when Steffen used the pace of a cross to head home from 15 metres out.

He gave diving goalkeeper Andreas Luthe no chance to make a save.

The players did not celebrate as a group as part of social distancing protocols.

But they could not resist the urge to give the Swiss a couple of high-fives and fist bumps.

The home side equalised from a second half set-piece, when John Brooks’ headed clearance went the wrong way.

It came off goalkeeper Casteels’ hands and hit the bar before bouncing on the line where Jedvaj was on hand to head home.

Felix Uduokhai thought he had given Augsburg a 2-1 lead when he headed home from another set-piece.

But the referee looked at the pitchside VAR monitor and ruled it out as Florian Niederlechner was offside and blocking the goalkeeper’s view.

Wolfsburg’s Admir Mehmedi had numerous chances to score their second.

The first of them was with a volley which came off the post ,and again minutes later when a sweeping move forced Luthe to keep out a low stinging effort with his feet.

However, the visitors capitalised in stoppage time when Kevin Mbabu’s low cross found substitute Ginczek inside the six-yard box.

His poacher’s finish at the far post gave the visitors all three points.

Augsburg remain in 14th place.
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