Bayern Suffer Wolfsburg Defeat as Bundesliga Resumes

Wolfsburg trimmed Bayern Munich’s dominance on resumption of the German league season with a 4-1 win over the runaway leaders.

Pep Guardiola’s men suffered their heaviest league defeat in six years on Friday at the Volkswagen Arena, where a Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne brace apiece cut short their lead to eight points while defender Juan Bernat consolation proved insignificant.

The win served as a befitting tribute to Junior Malanda, who died in a car crash earlier this month. A minute’s applause was observed for the Belgium Under-21 international before kickoff.

Wolfsburg Celebrate Bas Dost Goal against Bayern Munich at the Volkswagen Arena.
Wolfsburg Celebrate Bas Dost Goal against Bayern Munich at the Volkswagen Arena.

Bayern were, for the first time since 2012, 2-0 down at half-time as Dost, first opened scoring with the home side’s first chance of the game driving a superb shot past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after a swift counter-attacking move and then latched on to a loose ball to volley home from the edge of the area.

Maximillion Arnold released De Bruyne in behind the visitors’ defence with an inch-perfect pass and the Dutch midfielder rifled home Wlfsburg’s third after the break.

Bernat pulled one goal back for the hosts with 35 minutes left. But De Bruyne restored Wolfsburg’s 3-goal cushion, again collecting a pass from Arnold; he wrong-footed defender Dante before smashing the ball beyond Neuer.

The defeat- their heaviest in the league since a 5-1 loss at Wolfsburg in 2009- means the German champions have now conceded more goals than in the first half of the ongoing campaign (3).

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