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Chorus of praise for top marksman Mandzukic

Some 80 minutes had passed after Mario Mandzukic’s stunning opening goal before he received a special gesture of praise from his coach. Deep in the bowels of Wolfsburg's Volkswagen Arena, Jupp Heynckes approached his prolific centre forward and gave him a friendly punch in the chest, causing the Croat to beam from ear to ear. Mandzukic was the main man for FCB on Friday evening.

On his first return to Wolfsburg since joining Munich last summer, the Bayern striker produced a moment of sublime skill with a 36th-minute overhead scissors kick to set his side on their way to a 2-0 victory. It was the sixth time this season the 26-year-old has handed his side the vital 1-0 lead.