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0 vs 2
Played
February 15, 2013 2:30 PM EST
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA — Wolfsburg
Referee:‬ F. Zwayer‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
 
 
Arjen Robben 90+2′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern Munich

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Volkswagen Arena, as Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben decided the match for the visitors

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Diego Benaglio
    6
    4
    3.50

    Diego Benaglio

    Were it not for his confidence off his goalline to get to the ball first, the hosts may have well conceded more than they did.

  • Marcel Schäfer
    3
    5
    3.00

    Marcel Schäfer

    Supported Olic well on the left wing, showing a good understanding with the Croatian of when to overlap and when to sit back to provide a safe passing option. His deliveries into the area were not bad either – but so few of his team-mates showed any interest in attacking the ball.

  • Alexander Madlung
    2
    5
    2.50

    Alexander Madlung

    Picked up an early yellow card for a trip on Ribery, and walked a tightrope for the rest of the game, narrowly avoiding a second booking for a high boot on Mandzukic.

  • Naldo
    6
    2
    3.50

    Naldo

    The burly Brazilian put himself about with typical fearlessness, as he threw himself at the ball whenever it entered the danger area, even making a clearance off the line from a Muller shot.

  • Vieirinha
    6
    2
    3.50

    Vieirinha

    Really came alive in the second half after an anonymous opening period, as he drove at the defence time and time again. If only he could have sorted out his final ball.

  • Diego Ribas
    10
    5
    3.50

    Diego Ribas

    Completely stifled by Schweinsteiger and Co. in the center of the park and never found the space to carve out a meaningful chance for his teammates. His one moment of quality came from a dead ball situation, as he forced a fine save from Neuer with a free kick.

  • Makoto Hasebe
    2
    6
    2.00

    Makoto Hasebe

    Torn in all different directions by Ribery as he simply failed to keep any sort of watch on the mercurial Frenchman.

  • Christian Träsch
    1
    4
    3.00

    Christian Träsch

    Worked very hard to close down the space in midfield, but at times, it may have felt like fighting a losing battle as Bayern were able to flood the middle almost at will.

  • Jan Polak
    1
    6
    2.50

    Jan Polak

    Could not be faulted for effort, but did not look capable of the quality required to keep up with his opponents.

  • Ivica Olic
    37
    1
    3.50

    Ivica Olic

    As ever, he was a willing runner in attack, chasing down every ball that was drilled down his flank, no matter how hopeless the cause. One of the few Wolfsburg players to cause a Bayern defender any real cause for concern, as he made sure that Lahm was kept on his toes.

  • Bas Dost
    2
    11
    2.00

    Bas Dost

    Quite a frustrating game for the forward, who was given a thankless task up front as he was starved of the ball for most of the game.

Substitutions

  • Ivan Perisic
    19
    7
    2.00

    Ivan Perisic Flop of the Match

    The former Dortmund man added nothing to his side's play in the attacking third.

  • Manuel Neuer
    38
    2
    3.50

    Manuel Neuer

    Relaxed with the ball both at his feet and in the air, and made his only notable save of the game from a late Diego free kick.

  • Dante
    27
    5
    3.00

    Dante

    Read the game well, showing no hesitation when stepping ahead of his defensive line to intercept the ball. A comfortable outing.

  • Daniel Van Buyten
    26
    5
    3.50

    Daniel Van Buyten

    Completely at ease in the air, taking care of a handful of long balls into his box. Happy to let his partner Dante act as the aggressor, while he stayed back to mop up any loose ends.

  • Philipp Lahm
    32
    2
    3.50

    Philipp Lahm

    Attended to his defensive duties with due diligence, proving a match on more than one occasion for the speed of Olic and Schafer on his side of the pitch. Motored well up the wings to provide a passing outlet, though he did not look to overlap as much as usual.

  • David Alaba
    29
    2
    3.50

    David Alaba

    He simply had no challenge from the likes of Vieirinha on the flanks, so spent most of his time camped in the opposition half, attacking the defense both from a wide and central position.

  • Franck Ribéry
    46
    5
    4.00

    Franck Ribéry

    Won countless free kicks against a beleaguered defense that failed to cope with his mastery of the ball. A difficult customer as always, drifting across the lines to great effect.

  • Luiz Gustavo
    19
    9
    2.50

    Luiz Gustavo

    Barely a thing to do in a defensive sense, as his midfield partner Schweinsteiger took charge of pulling the strings. Simple and uncomplicated distribution, but this was hardly the most testing game for him.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    55
    6
    4.00

    Bastian Schweinsteiger Top of the Match

    Extremely effective when breaking up play centrally, putting in a number of tackles to regain possession for his side. Came up trumps in the attacking end of the field as well, nodding back a Kroos free kick for Mandzukic to convert the opener.

  • Toni Kroos
    38
    4
    3.50

    Toni Kroos

    Intelligent with the ball when put under pressure by the Wolfsburg defense, and also showed an admirable tendency to press the opposition defensive midfielders. Set the events of the first goal in motion with a free kick that was clipped into a dangerous area.

  • Mario Mandzukic
    90
    3
    4.00

    Mario Mandzukic

    Lit up a tepid first half with an overhead kick of superb athleticism and technique to break the deadlock. His moment of quality decided what could have been a tight game for the visitors.

  • Thomas Müller
    34
    9
    3.00

    Thomas Müller

    Solid when in possession, though his approach play could have used a bit more dynamism. Still, he was committed to the end, and with the seconds ticking down, threaded in Robben for the clincher.

Substitutions

  • Arjen Robben
    42
    5
    3.50

    Arjen Robben

    Came off the bench and caused a few headaches for the tiring defenders. Smashed home the winner with aplomb after being put through by Muller.

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