presented by
Search Fill-1
Bundesliga Matchday 23
Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
  • 8' Daniel Didavi
VfL Wolfsburg
1 : 2
FC Bayern Munich
  • 64' Sandro Wagner
  • 90'+2 Robert Lewandowski
  • 8' Daniel Didavi
  • 64' Sandro Wagner
  • 90'+2 Robert Lewandowski
Late twist

Reds rewarded for spirited fightback

Increase font size Text size

FC Bayern travelled to face VfL Wolfsburg and won 2-1 at the death on Saturday afternoon. Daniel Didavi handed the home side the lead early in the contest, Bayern dominating proceedings in the first half but lacking inspiration. The champions were awarded a penalty early after the restart, but Arjen Robben missed from the spot. Sandro Wagner levelled the scores after the hour mark, with sub Robert Lewandowski converting Bayern's second penalty to seal three points in the 90th minute.

The Bavarians started with Sven Ulreich in goal and Rafinha, Niklas Süle, Javi Martínez and Juan Bernat in a back four. Sebastian Rudy filled the holding role behind Robben, Thiago, Corentin Tolisso and Franck Ribéry, with Wagner as lone striker.

Jupp Heynckes comprehensively shuffled his deck, making eight changes to the XI that saw off Schalke last weekend. Ulreich, Ribéry and Robben were the only survivors.

Early shock

The 30,000 capacity crowd at the Volkswagen Arena saw the visitors signal their intent from the off. An early Bernat effort was blocked before Wolfsburg's Robin Knoche cleared Martínez' scissor-kick. But the Wolves were ravenous on the break, Dadavi handing them the lead when he connected with a Yunus Malli cross to head home.

Bayern went looking for a reply, netminder Koen Casteels saving a deflected Robben free-kick. The champions struggled against the increasingly disciplined home side, their attacks proving uninspired. Rudy volleyed the ball over the bar from 20 yards, but presentable chances proved few and far after the first quarter-hour. Shortly before the interval Ribéry teed up his fellow winger Robben, who hit the crossbar, but the linesman had already raised his flag for offside, and Bayern were trailing at half-time.

Robben misses, Wagner levels

Whatever Jupp Heynckes told his men during the break, it worked. The Bavarians played much more direct football now, with the Wolves increasingly tame and content to park the bus. Bayern were soon awarded a penalty when Renato Steffen upended Thiago in the box, but Casteels palmed Robben's spot-kick onto the post.

Heynckes played his first trump card on the hour, Müller taking over from Thiago, who made his comeback after a long injury spell. It paid off almost immediately, Müller gaining possession in Bayern's half and teeing up Robben. The Dutchman charged down the right, his pinpoint cross finding Wagner, who headed past Casteels and into the far corner of the net. Alaba came on for Ribéry now, Wagner seeing another header sail over the bar before Lewandowski replaced Wagner.

Lewy rewards Reds from the spot

Wolfsburg's Jeffrey Bruma blocked a Robben effort before the latter miscued a curler from 20 yards. Heynckes will have felt vindicated with his decisions with the final whistle imminent. Gian-Luca Itter fouled Robben in the box, match official Sascha Stegemann pointing to the spot for a second time. Sub Lewandowski stepped up and proved a cool customer, overcoming Casteels to hand Bayern the next victory on their way to a sixth German championship title on the bounce.

The result means Bayern have 59 points from 23 matches. The Reds are back in action in just three days when they face Besiktas in the Champions League last sixteen, before entertaining Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Live match report for by Greg Salmen

VfL Wolfsburg - FC Bayern 1-2 (H-T: 1-0)
  • See our live ticker to relive the match action

  • VfL Wolfsburg

    Casteels - Jung (William 78), Knoche, Bruma, Itter - Guilavogui, Arnold - Steffen (Osimhen 84), Didavi, Malli (Dimata 90+2) - Origi


    Grün, William, Bazoer, Rexhbecaj

  • FC Bayern

    Ulreich - Rafinha, Süle, Martínez, Bernat - Rudy - Robben, Thiago (Müller 62), Tolisso, Ribéry (Alaba 67) - Wagner (Lewandowski 80)


    Starke, Hummels, Boateng, Kimmich

  • Referee

    Sascha Stegemann (Niederkassel)

  • Attendance

    30,000 (capacity)

  • Goals

    1-0 Didavi (8), 1-1 Wagner (64), 1-2 Lewandowski (90+1, pen)

  • Yellow cards

    Jung, Steffen, Arnold / Thiago, Ribéry, Müller

  • Special occurrences

    Casteels saves penalty from Robben (55)