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1 vs 1
Played
January 15, 2011 9:30 AM EST
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA — Wolfsburg
Referee:‬ M. Gräfe‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wolfsburg 1-1 Bayern Munich

Goal.com rates the players on show in the thrilling 1-1 draw between Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich.

By Gary Niblock

  • Diego Benaglio
    1
    3
    2.00

    Diego Benaglio

    Made a real howler, by striking his clearance against Mueller for the opening goal. Redeemed himself somewhat thereafter with a couple of good saves from Robben.

  • Marcel Schäfer
    2
    2
    3.00

    Marcel Schäfer

    Newly installed as Wolfsburg's third captain inside a year - his game became a lot more difficult once Robben was introduced. He did win most of his duels though and in attack, he came good at the end, robbing Schweinsteiger and setting up the equalizer.

  • Arne Friedrich
    5
    1
    2.50

    Arne Friedrich

    Finally made his debut for his new club and the German international was terrific, making a couple of superb last-ditch interventions to deny almost-certain goals.

  • Simon Kjaer
    1
    1
    2.50

    Simon Kjaer

    Caught out at the start by Kraft's long ball forward but produced a last-gasp challenge of his own to prevent a goalscoring chance. An off-color performance though in terms of his distribution.

  • Sascha Riether
    1
    1
    3.00

    Sascha Riether

    His versatility was once again utilized as he moved mid-game from right-back to midfield and, he popped up with a crucial equalizer four minutes from the end to snatch a point for his side.

  • Mario Mandzukic
    2
    1
    2.00

    Mario Mandzukic

    Introduced himself to the game with a nasty foul on Gomez before being booked soon after. Was denied a goal by a brilliant save from Kraft before he produced a superb sliding tackle on Robben inside his own-half with Schaefer already beaten.

  • Cícero
    0
    1
    2.50

    Cícero

    Found himself in the thick of the action when adjudged offside thus ruling out a Diego goal. In general play, he was lacking in confidence and it wasn't a surprise when he was replaced by youngster Cigerci at the interval.

  • Diego Ribas
    1
    3
    2.50

    Diego Ribas

    Diego once again was unable to take the game by the scruff of the neck however, he will point that he perhaps should have had a goal given with the free-kick.

  • Josué
    0
    3
    1.50

    Josué Flop of the Match

    A lucky boy to have remained on the field of play as he should have received a second booking for a foul on Van Bommel. Taken off for Pekarik to prevent a red card.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    0
    1
    2.50

    Ashkan Dejagah

    A real mixed bag. Got the better of Pranjic early on but then gave away a penalty for a trip on the Croatian. Redeemed himself by winning a spot-kick himself and went close with a header, which struck the crossbar.

  • Grafite
    0
    1
    2.00

    Grafite

    The lone striker endured a frustrating afternoon. In open play, was given little change by either Breno or Badstuber, who marked him tightly. Missed a penalty just before half-time, thus spurning a golden chance to haul his side back into the game.

Substitutions

  • Peter Pekarik
    0
    1
    2.50

    Peter Pekarik

    Unfortunate to be on the bench after showing good form at right-back, he didn't put a foot wrong when he came on in the second-half.

  • Thomas Kahlenberg
    0
    1
    0.00

    Thomas Kahlenberg

    N/A

  • Tolga Cigerci
    1
    0
    2.50

    Tolga Cigerci

    Came on at half-time in place of Cicero and looked confident on the ball however, he did allow the Bayern midfielders lots of space to go at the defense.

  • Thomas Kraft
    22
    0
    3.50

    Thomas Kraft Top of the Match

    The spotlight was on the young goalkeeper, who has been promoted to first-choice. Just as against Basel, he more than delivered. Set up the first goal then produced a stunning Kahnesque reflex save to tip Grafite's penalty onto the bar and become an instant hero. Made a terrific reaction stop to deny Manduzkic, leaving the Croatian in disbelief. Even he could do nothing about the equalizer.

  • Danijel Pranjic
    14
    0
    2.50

    Danijel Pranjic

    Was beaten early on by Dejagah but recovered to be one of his side's best performers in the first-half. Consistently got forward down the left to support the attack and won the penalty as well.

  • Holger Badstuber
    12
    2
    2.00

    Holger Badstuber

    Was very unfortunate to be penalized for a soft challenge on Dejagah inside the box but was otherwise solid at the back as he looks to develop his fledgling partnership with Breno.

  • Breno
    10
    1
    2.50

    Breno

    Enjoyed an interesting battle with Grafite, for the most part he stayed tight to the Brazilian and showed more strength and fight than he did against Schalke. Made a vital clearance just before the hour inside the box.

  • Philipp Lahm
    9
    2
    2.00

    Philipp Lahm

    It was a great surprise when the vice-captain struck the post with his spot-kick. Defensively, he had a good game, nullifying Mandzukic.

  • Franck Ribéry
    7
    3
    2.50

    Franck Ribéry

    N/A

  • Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
    6
    2
    2.50

    Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

    Another player handed a vote of confidence by Van Gaal. Less spectacular than in other games with less onus on him to attack, he kept the ball well but did lose most of his duels.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    11
    3
    2.00

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Playing in the more advanced role, he wasn't on his game today, as evidenced by one very poor touch on the left. Was beaten all ends up by Schaefer for the late Wolfsburg equalizer. Time for Schweini to be restored back to the Doppelsechs.

  • Mark van Bommel
    11
    0
    2.50

    Mark van Bommel

    Looked a lot more dynamic than he has in recent games, shrugging off all the transfer speculation. Was excellent in the tackle without showing his usual thuggery and broke forward in support when appropriate.

  • Thomas Müller
    8
    0
    3.00

    Thomas Müller

    Although there was an element of luck in his goal, credit must be given to Mueller for chasing the ball down and applying pressure to Benaglio. Rightly denied the winner at the end as he had strayed into an offside position.

  • Mario Gomez
    7
    1
    2.50

    Mario Gomez

    Hit the bar early on but led the line well, running in behind the Wolfsburg defense and stretching the game, allowing his midfielders to break forward in support. In the second-half the ball didn't quite run for him to Bayern's eventual cost.

Substitutions

  • Andreas Ottl
    4
    1
    0.00

    Andreas Ottl

    A late replacement for Pranjic.

  • Luiz Gustavo
    7
    0
    2.50

    Luiz Gustavo

    Made his much-anticipated debut today and played both in midfield and at left-back. Won most of his duels and kept the ball well. A steady introduction to his new team.

  • Arjen Robben
    16
    0
    2.50

    Arjen Robben

    Introduced earlier to the piece than he would have anticipated, he looked understandably rusty down the right. Grew into the game after the break, showing glimpses of his pace as he cut in from the right. Almost scored a wonder-goal, like against Fiorentina but was denied by Benaglio. Bayern look a much more dangerous side with Robben, who also went close late on.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5