Wolfsburg – Nicklas Bendtner was VfL Wolfsburg's hero as they clinched the 2015 Supercup on a penalty shoot-out against FC Bayern München after a 1-1 draw at the Volkswagen-Arena.
Man of the match
Bayern went closest to an early goal when Jerome Boateng hit the crossbar from an angle, but the biggest chance of the first half was squandered by Kevin De Bruyne, who placed his 15-yard effort wide of an open goal after Manuel Neuer had mistimed a dash off his line.
Arjen Robben had had a subdued game, but he put Bayern in front when Douglas Costa's cross was fumbled out to him by Koen Casteels. Wolfsburg knocked at the door in search for an equaliser, with Bas Dost and De Bruyne both testing Neuer, before substitute Bendtner turned in De Bruyne's cross in the last minute to force a penalty shoot-out. It was the Dane who converted the winning penalty too after Xabi Alonso missed from the spot.
Wolfsburg had put pressure on Nicklas Bendtner this summer with both coach Dieter Hecking and sporting director Klaus Allofs inviting him to shape up, and he appears to have heeded their warnings. The Dane sprang from the bench, bringing the Wolves level with a poacher's finish in the last minute before netting the winning spot-kick.
Douglas Costa made his intentions clear after just a minute, picking Vieirinha's pocket before delivering a dangerous cross. Always available on the wing and always wanting to be involved, he was a thorn in the Wolfsburg side and his persistence paid off with the cross which led to Robben's goal. Bayern look to have a real weapon on their hands as they go in search of more silverware this term.
Stats of the match
- Nicklas Bendtner has scored six competitive goals for Wolfsburg, all of them from the substitutes’’ bench
- Arjen Robben has scored eight goals and provided five in his last 12 appearances against Wolfsburg, and has three goals in three Supercup appearances
- Bayern have lost the last three Supercups
Quote of the match
Manuel Neuer: "Now we're going to have to win the Bundesliga again to get another shot at winning this trophy next year."