Jiracek's brace lifts Wolfsburg over Freiburg

Petr Jiracek scored the first and last 2, on Friday at Volkswagen Arena in the Bundesliga.

Jiracek was one of the many new faces Wolfsburg signed in January, and newly- capped Czech Republic international provided his first two goals as Wolves won for the second time in four matches since the winter break.

Marcel Schafer also scored for Wolfsburg, which led twice within 14 minutes as Freiburg answered Jiracek's 5th-minute strike in the 12th through Johannes Flum and responded a second time through Daniel Caligiuri in the 38th.

Jiracek's second goal came just after the hour mark as the Czech international - who just debuted for his country last year - continued his emergence with a strong Bundesliga match.

Wolfsburg climbed to eighth in the table and within four points of a European place, while Freiburg lost for the third time in its last five to remain stuck on the foot of the table.