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Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 2-1 at the Bundesliga opener

English.news.cn   2014-08-23 08:47:11

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben attacks during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg in Munich, Germany, on Aug. 22, 2013. Bayern Munich won 2:1. (Xinhua/Philippe Ruiz)

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BERLIN, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich sealed a hard earned 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg thanks to the goals by Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben at outsold Allianz Arena on Friday.

German record champions Bayern Munich started with a 2-1 victory into the 52nd Bundesliga season. The "Bavarians" established a 2-0 lead within 46 minutes but resilient Wolfsburg reduced the lead to 2-1 by courtesy of Ivica Olic. However, Bayern were shocked but had luck that Junior Malanda missed the open goal for the equalizer.

The hosts started into the game as it was expected, they pressed Wolfsburg into the defence and let the ball do the work.

Nevertheless, Wolfsburg's well-positioned defence gave the German giants a hard time.

At the half hour mark Bayern increased their pressure noticeably. Yet, Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski saw their opportunities saved by "Wolves" goalkeeper Max Gruen.

However, Gruen was hapless at the 37th minute when Thomas Mueller flicked on Arjen Robben's cross into the box,into the far post corner, marking the first goal of the Bundesliga season 2014/2015.

After the break Bayern started where they left off as Arjen Robben doubled the lead with just two minutes into the second half.

The Dutchman made use of a one-two with Lewandowski to curl home into the top left corner from eleven meters between two Wolfsburg defenders.

It was a short lived joy by Pep Guardiola's men as Ivica Olic reduced Bayern's 2-0 lead with long range effort from sixteen meters into the top left corner at the 52nd minute.

Bayern were stunned but still they were able to create chances through Robert Lewandowski, who wasted the chance to extend the lead one-on-one against Wolfsburg goalkeeper Gruen.

Wolfsburg nearly punished Bayern's wastefulness but Junior Malanda squandered the best chance to restore parity when he missed a rebound in front of the open goal at the 79th minute.

Malanda's golden chance was a wakening call for the defending champions, who responded with a goal by substitute Sebastian Rode that was denied due to a supposed offside position by another Bayern player. Nevertheless, Bayern killed the clock and reaped the first victory of the season.

The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday: Hoffenheim see Augsburg, Hannover face Schalke, Berlin host Bremen, Frankfurt meet Freiburg, Cologne encounter Hamburg and Dortmund clash with Leverkusen.

Editor: Shen Qing
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