€15m Chelsea target scores twice, gets sent off, De Bruyne shines

Wolfsburg

An interesting night in the German Cup saw Kevin de Bruyne make his first impact since leaving Chelsea, but it was another man who stole the headlines.

Sixth in the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg are one of a cluster of sides competing to land a Champions League spot this season, and their campaign could be about to get even better.

The big spending German club beat Hoffenheim 3-2 away from home to earn a passage into the German Cup semi-final.

Key to their victory was exciting left-back Ricardo Rodriguez. The defender has been linked with a switch to Chelsea as a replacement for Ashley Cole, and is already a senior Swiss international with 17 caps.

Rodriguez scored two penalties to give Wolfsburg a crucial advantage, his fifth and sixth goals of the season.

The night didn't end too well for him on a personal note, he was sent off in the 71st minute for a second bookable offence, with his side 3-1 up, and could only watch on as Wolfsburg mounted a late fightback.

There was one extra notable moment to come from the fixture from a Wolfsburg perspective, and the performance of Kevin de Bruyne in general.

The Belgian signed from Chelsea in January for a club record £17 million deal, and proved the decisive factor here.

He provided the assist for striker Bas Dost to score the winner, his first telling contribution since signing for Wolfsburg.

It will only give him added confidence he can show he made the right move by finding his best form, and now in the semi-finals, De Bruyne may yet end the season with silverware.

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