Vfl Wolfsburg 0 – Bayern Munich 1


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Germany World Cup defender and Bayern Munich club captain PHILIPP LAHM passes the ball ahead of trailing Vfl Wolfsburg midfielder PATRICK OCHS (2), the former Germany U-21 international who began his senior professional career during the 2003-04 campaign with the reserve team of Bayern Munich in the Regionalliga Sued before transferring to Eintracht Frankfurt after one season, during the closely-contested Bundesliga match at the ausverkauft (sold out) Volkswagen Arena in Lower Saxony.
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8/13/2011
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 2

0 – VFL WOLFSBURG
1 – BAYERN MUNICH ———— Luiz Gustavo 90+1′

In a match where bona fide opportunities were most definitely few and far between, it was a well-taken strike at the beginning of time added on that allowed the visiting Bundesliga champion from 2010, BAYERN MUNICH, to clip the 2009 titlist, VFL WOLFSBURG, 1-0 and claim full points in the second round of the German top flight.

Vfl Wolfsburg will look back in dismay after having a perfectly valid goal from Germany international PATRICK HELMES waved off as a result of an incorrect offsides decision in the 39th minute. The 27-year-old striker, who scored six goals in the Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen and die Woelfe combined last season, appeared at the back post to latch onto a free kick from Germany international defender MARCEL SCHAEFER that had been flicked on by summer signing MARCO RUSS. Replays cleared showed that Helmes had actually been kept onsides by Bayern Munich’s expensive off-season acquisition from English Premier League club Manchester City, Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG.

The lack of scoring chances in the match only served to magnify the mistake, which had, immediately and not surprisingly, enraged the trainer of the Lower Saxon club, FELIX MAGATH. For better or worse, the ruling stood as they always do without aid of technology. Indeed, Bayern Munich would manage to get just three balls on net all day whereas Germany international CHRISTIAN TRAESCH, officially, had the lone shot on target for Vfl Wolfsburg.

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A pair of Bayern Munich players on Germany’s World Cup squad in South Africa last summer, goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER and defender JEROME BOATENG (right), both caught a break on this particular play when the perfectly legitimate goal of Vfl Wolfsburg striker PATRICK HELMES (33), who has netted twice on 13 career appearances for Deutschland, was disallowed on account of a phantom offsides spotted by the linesman at the Volkswagen Arena in Lower Saxony.
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Switzerland World Cup goalkeeper DIEGO BENAGLIO of Vfl Wolfsburg shows his class and stretches out to stop Bayern Munich’s Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ (33), the Bundesliga Torjaegermeister last season with 28 goals who has struggled to find the back of the net so far this summer, during the second half of the, at this point, still scoreless match witnessed by 30,000 Zuschauer at the Volkswagen Arena in Lower Saxony.
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Despite the lack of shots the bookend World Cup goalkeepers standing between both pairs of sticks at either end, Germany’s MANUEL NEUER and Switzerland’s DIEGO BENAGLIO, each did well to deal with the balls coming into their respective boxes. Benaglio brought off a marvelous save in the second half to thwart the league’s top scorer from last season, Bayern Munich’s Gemany international striker MARIO GOMEZ. Neuer came off his line to smother a few dangerous balls and, with a little bit of luck courtesy the linesman, was able to register his first Bundesliga clean sheet at the second attempt since signing with the Bavarian club this summer.

Bayern Munich’s 19-year-old Japanese winger TAKASHI USAMI, on loan for the season fromo J-League side Gamba Osaka, made his Bundesliga debut in the 69th minute as a replacement for Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER while 31-year-old Croatia international attacker IVICA OLIC, who was out of action roughly eight months as a result of knee surgery, appeared in the German top flight with the Bavarians for the first time since late last October.

Olic and France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY were both directly involved in the dramatic, injury time game-winner of Brazil’s new international midfieler LUIZ GUSTAVO. Ribery and Olic, who made a penetrating run to the goalline on the left, exchanged passes with the Frenchman intelligently playing the ball back to the on-rushing Brazilian at the top of the box in the center. Luiz Gustavo, the defensive midfielder whose only other goal for Bayern Munich had come last spring against eventual Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund, made no mistake with a clincally low, left-footed shot that Vfl Wolfsburg’s diving goalkeeper Benaglio could get a hand to but not stop completely.

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A Suedamerika Zweikampf in Lower Saxony, then, as 24-year-old LUIZ GUSTAVO of Bayern Munich, who earned his very first cap as a substitute for the senior national team of Brazil in the friendly against Germany at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Stuttgart last Wednesday, sticks in a boot to tackle the ball away from Vfl Wolfsburg midfielder JOSUE, the 32-year-old veteran who has been selected 27 times by Brazil in his career, during the tight Bundesliga contest at the Volkswagen Arena in central northern Germany.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Mueller (Usami 69′, van Buyten 90+2′), Kroos (Olic 86′), Ribery – Gomez

VFL WOLFSBURG : Benaglio – Hasebe, Kjaer, Russ, Schaefer – Traesch, Josue – Ochs (Dejagah 46′), Salihamidzic (Koo 69′) – Helmes (Lakic 88′), Mandzukic

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  1. matt

    are you going to stop hating on Luis now? 😀

    • LOOSE CANNON

      I never “hated on” LUIZ GUSTAVO … I do believe he was out of place at central defender … and I do expect certain things from a guy who costs 15.0 million Euro!