FC Bayern München progressed to the DFB Cup Round of 16 with a forceful display to oust holders VfL Wolfsburg courtesy of a 3-1 victory on Tuesday evening.
WOLFSBURG 1–3 BAYERN
Goals: 0-1 Costa (15’), 0-2 Müller (20’), 0-3 Müller (34’), 1-3 Schürrle (90’)
Bayern began strongly and immediately took control of the match by dominating possession and pegging their hosts back inside their own half. It was not long before they took the lead through a sublime long-range effort from Douglas Costa, with Thomas Müller quickly making it 2-0 moments later with a tidy finish. Not content to stop there, Pep Guardiola’s charges relentlessly pushed forward and all-but sealed their place in the last 16 when Müller volleyed in his second.
The Wolves were more aggressive and adventurous after the break and almost reduced the deficit within seconds of the restart when Daniel Caligiuri fizzed a shot across the face of goal. The 27-year-old spurned the hosts’ next opportunity too, shooting straight at Manuel Neuer before blasting the rebound over after being played clean through by Maximilian Arnold. Andre Schürrle scored a late consolation for the hosts from another superb pass from Arnold, but by then it was too late to stage a fightback.
Man of the match
Costa appeared unstoppable at times, with his searing pace and fearless desire to take on opponents proving too much for Wolfsburg to handle. He scored the all-important opener with an absolute screamer and laid on Bayern’s third for Müller to put the game beyond the Wolves’ reach.
Bayern appear to have taken their defeat to Arsenal in the Champions League a few days ago as a personal affront, seemingly doubling their resolve to win. Guardiola’s men have since beaten 1. FC Köln 4-0 and now brushed Wolfsburg aside too. One can only feel for Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern’s opposition on Bundesliga Matchday 11 on Friday.
- Bayern had 68 per cent of possession over the 90 minutes.
- 588 of Bayern’s passes found their intended target – an 87 per cent accuracy quota.
- Thiago had more touches of the ball than any other player (113).
Wolfsburg: Benaglio – Träsch (Arnold 26’), Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez – Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo – Vieirinha (Jung 71’), Draxler (Schürrle 63’), Caligiuri - Dost
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm, Martinez, Boateng, Alaba – Alonso (Vidal 71’) – Coman (Robben 66’), Thiago, Costa – Müller (Rafinha 79’), Lewandowski