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Bayern are back at the top
The champions win their first Bundesliga match of 2023 with a nail-biting 4-2 win. Wolfsburg huffed and puffed, found plenty of chances but Bayern's classy finishing proved the difference. The Munich side move one point clear of second-placed Union Berlin in the title race.
Sommer denies Svanberg
A decent drive from the Wolfsburg goalscorer aiming to give his side a lifeline, but Sommer is down to tip it over well.
Booking for Tel
The youngster kicked the ball away. Three minutes remain with Wolfsburg not finding it too easy to fashion openings.
Five minutes of stoppage time indicated
Bayern are bound for their first Bundesliga win of 2023 as things stand.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Wolfsburg pressing for another
The hosts are getting bodies and the ball forward, but the time window is closing in on them here.
No penalty for Wolfsburg
That was an important call, with Wolfsburg initially thinking they may have had a penalty. Ridle Baku ran into Goretzka though and no spot kick is given after VAR is consulted.
Situation No penalty
Decision No penalty
Svanberg snatches a second
He's had several chances and Mattias Svanberg finally finds the net, firing straight past Sommer from Nmecha's cutback. Nine minutes plus stoppage time remain, two more goals are required for Wolfsburg to get something!
A 17-year-old and a 32-year-old
Austrian youngster Paul Wanner and January signing Daley Blind come on for Bayern, with Cancelo and Musiala departing.
Even in terms of effort
Distance run (km)
Masterful from Musiala!
That was special! Facing a difficult final phase, young Jamal Musiala shows skill, drive and sheer class by winding his way past three or four Wolfsburg defenders on a mazy dribble before firing in for Bayern's fourth.
Both sides fancy another goal
Bayern have enough about them to take the game to Wolfsburg at times despite Kimmich's red card. You sense the hosts will want a goal soon if they are to complete an unlikely comeback.
Ten shots and counting
10 off target
3 on target
5 off target
3 on target
Double change for Wolfsburg
19-year-old American Kevin Paredes is introduced along with Omar Marmoush as Niko Kovac tries to force a way further back into the encounter.
Tel takes aim
Bayern have been fairly calm and composed since being reduced to ten men. They find a chance to extend their league now as Mathys Tel gets the ball outside the box, but his shot is deflected over.
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Baku heads at Sommer
Kaminski crosses and Baku connects with it - but his header lands in the steady hands of Yann Sommer. That was a chance for a second!
Two more changes for Bayern
Julian Nagelsmann puts his faith in the youth of Stanisic and Tel with Sane and Müller taken off.
Julian Nagelsmann reacts immediately to the red card for Kimmich - bringing Gnabry on for double goalscorer Coman in the hope his pace can help the visitors see their lead out.
Champions down to ten
Joshua Kimmich gets shown a second yellow card after tangling with Arnold in midfield. Bayern now have to defend their two-goal lead with a man down.
Second yellow card
Svanberg sends it over
A good chance for Wolfsburg to pull another goal back! Ridle Baku cuts a sharp cross in from the right and Svanberg snatches at the opportunity in the box, hitting over the crossbar.
Both teams have spells of possession at the start of the second period - you expect both coaches may have told their teams to tighten up and both look a little more solid structurally. Micky van de Ven gets the ball in the box from a corner, but it's blocked and turned behind.
Bayern finished that first half 3-1 up despite Wolfsburg leading on the xG charts!
The visitors get the second half underway. If it's anywhere near as entertaining as the first, we have plenty to look forward to.
Thriller in Wolfsburg
What a game! Bayern looked to be running away with it, smashing in three early goals, but Kaminski's effort and some good attacking from the hosts gives them a glimmer of hope for a comeback.
The German international brings Wimmer down as Wolfsburg look for another goal.
Two minutes of stoppage time indicated
It's been a thrilling first-half.
Wolfsburg get a deserved goal on a fluent attack. Otavio threads the ball through for substitute Jakub Kaminski, and he slots tidily past Yann Sommer for his first goal in the Bundesliga. A great time for the hosts to score!
Coman clips wide
Bayern launch their first threatening attack for a while. Musiala pulls the ball back to Coman, who seeks his hat-trick from the edge of the box but sends it wide.
Otavio goes in notebook
The Wolfsburg left-back fouls Cancelo and is shown a yellow.
Svanberg smashes on target
Wolfsburg have coped reasonably well with the disappointment of Bayern's triple blow, and are trying to find a way back into the game. Mattias Svanberg draws a diving save from Yann Sommer with a decently placed shot.
Double yellow for Bayern
Kimmich is shown a yellow card for a push on Svanberg, then Sane is booked seconds later for dissent.
Change of system for Wolfsburg?
Niko Kovac has reacted to the game slipping away from his side by bringing Kamisnki, a left winger, on for centre-back Lacroix.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Hosts having a go
Wolfsburg have not been without openings despite the dream start for Bayern. Otavio drives a shot from the edge of the box now that hits his team-mate, Wimmer, who accidentally clips it back away from the goal.
And they keep on coming
Bayern are brimming with purpose despite the comfortable lead. Goretzka almost got a head to another great Cancelo cross in the box as they hunt even more goals.
Bayern have three goals already - yet they were only expected to have 0.26 on xG
Brilliant Bayern efficiency
Müller makes it three!
The champions are walking away with this. Thomas Müller - on his record-equalling 427th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern - nonchalantly nods straight into the net from a Kimmich free-kick, and they are three goals to the good in the opening 20 minutes!
Racing up the scoring charts
Coman bags a quick-fire brace. Joao Cancelo floats a peach of a cross in from the right, and the Frenchman smashes it in with a textbook volley. What a start for the champions!
Good response from Wolfsburg
The hosts work the ball into a really promising position. Patrick Wimmer cuts the ball right across Yann Sommer's goalmouth but none of his team-mates can meet it at short-range.
Coman brings Bayern in front
Bayern draw the first blood! A curious goal as Kingsley Coman moves inside on the left flank and curls a ball into the box - seemingly a cross destined for Thomas Müller - but it beats Casteels at his far post and nestles in.
Coman fires over
First chance for Bayern - an unlikely effort from Kingsley Coman. The ball falls to the Frenchman 20 metres out from a corner, and he scoops it well over the crossbar..
Wind with first effort
It's been an interesting start with Bayern controlling possession but Wolfsburg winning the ball high up the pitch a couple of times. Jonas Wind cracks the first shot of the game in but the in-form striker hits it wide.
Away we go
Bayern have stalled their title charge in 2023, but can they finally get going with their first win of the year in Germany's car city?
Here come the teams
The sun has set in Wolfsburg, the lights are flashing around the stadium and the players are emerging from the catacombs of the Volkswagen Arena as they prepare to lock horns.
The buzz is building at the Volkswagen Arena
Wolfsburg and Bayern is a match-up that has produced plenty of fireworks over the years. With Bayern wanting a win to return to the Bundesliga summit, this promises to be a cracker.
Milestone for Müller
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A glimpse inside the Volkswagen Arena
Wolfsburg team news
It's two changes for former Bayern boss Niko Kovac. He hints at a potentially defensive game plan by drafting Maxence Lacroix into a back five, while young attacking midfielder Felix Nmecha makes his first appearance in three. Yannick Gerhardt and Jakub Kaminski drop out from the side beaten 2-1 in Bremen last weekend.
Wolfsburg starting XI
Casteels – Baku, Bornauw, Lacroix, Van de Ven, Otavio – F. Nmecha, Arnold (c), Svanberg – Wimmer, Wind
Pervan, Waldschmidt, Cozza, L. Nmecha, Kaminski, Guilavogui, Gerhardt, Marmoush, Paredes
Bayern team news
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Bayern starting XI
Sommer – Cancelo, Pavard, De Ligt, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Sane, Musiala, Coman – Müller (c)
Ulreich, Schenk Gnabry, Wanner, Sarr, Blind, Tel, Stanisic
BAYERN'S VICTORY GOAL
Bayern will be hoping that the morale boost they gained from a midweek DFB Cup demolition of Mainz will propel them to a first Bundesliga win in four games. Julian Nagelsmann's side saw Union Berlin overtake them at the top of the standings yesterday while Borussia Dortmund joined the defending champions on 37 points.
The Wolves were on an incredible run of six straight wins - and were unbeaten in 11 - until Werder Bremen stopped Niko Kovac's men in full flight last weekend. The River Islanders defeated the side from Lower Saxony on Matchday 18 before Union Berlin knocked today's hosts out of the DFB Cup in midweek. How will the Wolfsburg respond against the record champions?
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS
What a game we have in store to round off what has been a superb Matchday 19. The champions Bayern Munich go to a Wolfsburg side who have been making strides. With both teams eager to get back to wining ways today, we could be in for a classic.
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