Friday, 20 August 2010

Bayern Munich 2-1 Wolfsburg

Well what a start to the Bundesliga! Bayern Munich begin their quest for a record 23rd Bundesliga but are pushed hard by a new look Wolfsburg under new manager Steve McClaren. Bayern Munich don't have a great record on the opening day of the season and looked to be heading for a disappointing draw before a stoppage-time strike by Bastian Schweinsteiger saved the day for the champions.

The game started well for the hosts as they looked to dominate and we didn't have to wait long for the first goal of the 2010-11 Bundesliga as Thomas Muller combined beautifully with Toni Kroos to give Bayern an early lead. Quarter of an hour later Muller had the chance to make it two as a low cross from Ribery on the left beat everyone and fell to Muller. The golden boot winner skied his resulting shot though.

Apart from this there were few clear cut chances for Bayern in the rest of the half, the only other highlight being van Bommel receiving a yellow card for going through Ziani; the biggest shock since we found out that the Pope is Catholic.

Misimovic came on for Wolfsburg at half-time but the whole team looked and played a lot better for the start of the second period. New signing Dzeko looked in fine form up front and Butt had to make a couple of really important saves to keep his team in the lead. Misimovic then got in on the action himself as a mistake from Butt allowed him through but the keeper parried the ball away. It was from the resulting corner (taken by Misimovic) though that Wolfsburg got their equaliser after the towering figure of Dzeko headed home.

Bayern immediately responded and put the Wolfsburg goal under a heavy salvo including some incisive counter-attacks. Dzeko was still a persistent threat up the other end though and forced a key save from Butt in the 67th minute showing that the game had really opened up into an end-to-end affair.

After this the Wolfsburg defence began to visibly sure up and this was confirmed in the 77th minute when attaker Ziani was replaced with the more defensive-minded Dejagah. From this moment on the Bayern game seemed to lack the same penetration and their frustration was shown through a number of mistakes in their play.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until a pin-point cross from Ribery in the dying seconds allowed Schweinsteiger a simple tap in for the win. Heart-break for Wolfsburg fans but McClaren will be more than pleased with his teams performance against the Champions League finalists.

Man of the Match: Franck Ribery
Considering that the Frenchman spent most of last season injured it is somewhat amazing he played for 90 minutes. However his brilliant runs and accurate crosses proved a constant threat to the Wolfsburg right who at times simply couldn't handle him.

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