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September 25, 2012
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: C. Dingert
• Attendance: 71000
B. Schweinsteiger 24'
M. Mandžukić 57', 65'
Right, I - Miles Chambers - am wrapping up this one! Thanks to those of you who have stuck around, you've been treated to some tasty Bayern dominance I'm sure you'll agree! Goal.com will be bringing you all the match reaction, so fear not, the end of this LIVE! is only the beginning! (Cheesy outro or what?!)
Top performances from the likes of Schweinsteiger, Shaqiri, Mandzukic and Lahm. Diego and Benaglio were the only real bright spots in the visitors' side.
A dominant display from Bayern Munich to deservedly destroy any hopes Wolfsburg might have had of sneaking a point at the Allianz Arena. 3-0 it finished as Mandzukic's second-half double added to Schweinsteiger's opener.
Benaglio! If it wasn't for the Wolfsburg keeper they could have been six or seven goals worse off! The shot-stopper sticks his foot instinctively to his left to deny Kroos.
Kroos is getting in on the action a bit in the centre but his passing accuracy is letting him down at times.
Wondering why all that's being talked about is fouls and free-kicks? That's literally all that is happening in this clash now. The green-kitted visitors are in the ascendancy but that's not to say they're looking like scoring.
Boateng's turn to clatter into Diego on the Wolfsburg left, and it's another free-kick.
Schweinsteiger pummels into Diego's legs on the visitors' left, though the Wolfsburg attacker makes a bit of a meal of the tackle. Still, it's a free-kick which is rightly given.
Yellow Card Bastian Schweinsteiger
Ribery goes down too easily under a slight challenge from Wolfsburg defender Fagner, and he's rightly ignored by the ref.
Mandzukic goes down in the 18-yard box holding his ankle, but the referee's having none of it. Replays show it was a super tackle from Pogatetz to deny the striker, though he's taken off as a sub as a precaution regardless.
A cheer goes up around the Allianz Arena as they presumably hear that Dortmund have been dragged back to 3-3 by Eintracht Frankfurt elsewhere in the Bundesliga.
Schweinsteiger's ball into the box drifts from the right back over to the left unsuccessfully. Not that he'll be that bothered - the only way Wolfsburg will catch Bayern is if they attach weights to the Bayern players legs and tie their shoelaces together at this rate
Shaqiri almosts adds his name to the scoresheet after cutting inside from the right and stroking the ball just wide of the right post from 20 yards.
Ribery is unfortunate not to make it 4-0, his lofted effort from 5 yards out on his right foot curling millimetres over the crossbar.
Assist Philipp Lahm
Goal Mario Mandzukic
GOAL!! Another headed goal for Mario Mandzukic! Super run from full-ack Lahm down the right, and another inch-perfect cross for the head of their striker.
Naldo fires waywardly from 35 yards as Wolfsburg try to keep their spirits from sinking.
Some decent hold-up play from Diego but support for the forward is minimal as Wolfsburg focus on defending.
Are last season's Champions League runners-up heading for another inevitable win this evening? If they do claim all three points they will remain perched top of the Bundesliga.
Assist Xherdan Shaqiri
Goal Mario Mandzukic
GOAL!! An absolutely stunning bit of attacking from Shaqiri down the left and all of a sudden the hosts have a vice-like ngrip on this clash. The young attacker sprinted down the left, leaving Naldo flat on his face with a dummied cross, then his actual cross was whipped inch-perfect onto the head of Mandzukic at the back post. Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg!
Olic is pressing Boateng hard inside the home side's box, but he's too rough and it's a free-kick inside their own area to Heynckes' men.
Bayern are probing but the Wolfsburg back four are putting in a shift, with Pogatetz and Nando worthy of particular praise for interceptions around and inside the area.
An early flurry for the hosts as Mandzukic forces a save from the Wolfsburg keeper before Robben tries an over head kick inside the area. The referee calls play back for a foul in the box however and the visitors survive the scare.
And we're back under way at the Allianz Arena!
Jupp Heynckes will want to remind his players during the break that, despite their control, the one-goal advantage is dangerously low and Wolfsburg are far from out of this tie just yet...
Half-time arrives and Bayern Munich could barely have been more dominant. Wolfsburg have been on the back foot throughout and Bastian Schweinsteiger's opener came later than it should have but better late than never!
45' + 1'
Two minutes of added time are announced as Bayern have a corner cleared.
Diego drives from the halfway line unchallenged, and sets up Rodriguez to hammer into the side netting from the left of the box. Ambitious and, arguably, unnecessary, but at least they're showing some intent at levelling the score.
Robery bursts into the box on the left but is swarmed by green shirts. A super save from Benaglio denies Robben from doubling the scoring moments later though when he strikes from 15 yards out towards the top right-hand corner.
A sloppy pass from Martinez give the ball away before Dante's interception wins it back around 40 yards from goal.
Bayern continue to dominate in every conceivable, however they have toned back their attacking since that goal.
Yellow Card Thomas Kahlenberg
The Croatian is frustrated two more times in quick succession! Firstly, Bayern fail to capitalise on a two-on-one as Pogatetz gets across to stop Mandzukic shooting from Shaqiri's square pass. Then, the striker finds space on the right and charges into the area but drills his shot into the side netting.
How has he missed?! Robben is starting to cause Rodriguez all sorts of problems and he bursts past the line before cutting the ball back into the area. Mandzukic peels of his defender and looks set to tuck it away but completely misses the ball. What a waste!
Wolfsburg's plan to come and play on the counterattack is already faltering and Felix Magath is incensed on the sidelines. Olic has managed to get on the ball down the left a few times but support in the middle is sparse.
Well that goal was certainly coming and it was the most threatening player who found it. Robben tries to match his team-mate's earlier strike with an effort from distance but he gives Benaglio nothing to worry about.
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Bastian Schweinsteiger
GOAL!! Bayern Munich go ahead! Ribery does superbly to keep the ball in on the right of the box and slides it sideways for Schweinsteiger to finally score the goal his attacking positioning has deserved!
Javi Martinez gets in on the attacking action, firing a shot across goal but wide.
Bayern continuing to hassle their opposition's goal. Surely it's only a matter of time until they score...?
Robben is played through on goal down the right but Benaglio rushes out to smother the ball. Neither pulls out and the two collide, though it is the Swiss goalkeeper who comes off worse. There is a break in play whilst he receives treatment.
Schweinsteiger hits the post again! But this time it's from 30 yards...
Lahm drives forward from right back and cuts in field as the space opens up. He lets the ball get away from his but manages to get a shot away, however, it rolls comfortably into Benaglio's hands.
Wolfsburg have every man behind the ball now as they look to contain Bayern. Josue has managed to break down a couple of probing moves from the hosts but they just keep chipping away. It seems like only a matter of time.
Bayern are keeping the pressure on Wolfsburg, penning them back in the own half. They earn another corner, this time from the right, and Robben flights it into the area. Javi Martinez is the man who rises highest but his header is a lofty one too and flies over the top.
Shaqiri whips in a corner from the left and it is met by the head of Dante. The Brazilian is unable to keep his effort down though and Benaglio is untroubled. Wolfsburg need to be careful as the centre-back has already won two headers in the box.
The hosts have completely taken control of the ball in the early stages, once more using Dante to build the play from the back. On the wings, Ribery appears to be having a lot more joy up against Fagner than Robben is against Rodriguez on the right.
How did he miss that?! From all of two yards, Bastian Schweinsteiger has somehow managed to hit the right post instead of but it into the back of the net after a cross from Franck Robery on the left came off Dante's head, ricocheted off Pogatetz and fell to his feet. Bit of a shocker!
And we're off!
Having watched Bayern sweep aside Schalke in a 2-0 triumph this weekend, I' be surprised to see the visitors conquer tonight. But, as Borussia Dortmund proved at the weekend, surprises can happen in the top German league!
This clash begins in just a few minutes. Fire your questions & predictions to @goal_intl on Twitter!
Wolfsburg line-up: Benaglio; Rodriguez, Pogatetz, Naldo, Fagner; Josue, Knoche; Kahlenberg, Diego, Olic; Dost.
Bayern Munich line-up: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber; Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Shaqiri, Ribery; Mandzukic.
First thing's first: the line-ups!
Hello, hello, hello, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! coverage of Bayern Munich v Wolfsburg! I'm Miles Chambers and I'll be guiding you through the motions of this Bundeliga clashg which kicks off very, very soon.
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