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Nicklas Bendtner stars as Wolfsburg beat Bayern on penalties to win DFL-Supercup

Bendtner stars as Wolfsburg beat Bayern on penalties
By Eurosport

01/08/2015 at 20:39Updated 01/08/2015 at 22:13

DFL-Supercup, Volkswagen Arena - Wolfsburg 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Wolfsburg win 5-4 on penalties)

Wolfsburg substitute Nicklas Bendtner scored a late equaliser and the winning penalty as his side beat Bayern Munich 5-4 on penalties to claim the German Super Cup.

Bayern took the lead early in the second half through Arjen Robben, who fired in from Douglas Costa’s low cross from the left.

Bendtner came off the bench and scored an 89th minute equaliser from Kevin De Bruyne’s low cross.

With Bayern's Xabi Alonso the only player to fail to convert his penalty kick, it was left to Bendtner to score the winner with an emphatic spotkick and seal Wolfsburg’s first silverware of the new season.

KEY MOMENTS

2’ - SCRAMBLE! Douglas Costa almost makes an immediate impact. His persistence sparks a melee inside the Wolfsburg six-yard box. Somehow, the ball stays out of the net.

8’ - CHANCE! Jerome Boateng shoots against the crossbar! The opening exchanges are a far cry from the 4-1 thrashing Wolfsburg dished out earlier in 2015. Bayern are completely dominant

31’ - WHAT A SAVE! Medhi Benatia is a lucky man! The former Roma man diverts a cross towards his own goal, and watches with relief as Neuer reacts brilliantly to save.

41’ - WHAT A MISS! De Bruyne heads the ball over Neuer and is faced with an open goal. Just slot it home, Kev! Somehow, he clips a shot wide of the post.

VfL Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne runs the ball past Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (L) and Medhi Benatia (R)

VfL Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne runs the ball past Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (L) and Medhi Benatia (R)Reuters

48’ - GOAL! Wolfsburg 0-1 Bayern Munich. Robben breaks the deadlock, firing in from close range after a good run and cross by Douglas Costa on the left.

57’ - CLEAN THROUGH! De Bruyne sends Dost clean through, Dost's shot is full of power but is straight at Neuer, who bats it away. Lovely through pass by De Bruyne to create the opening.

75' - DEBUT! Arturo Vidal comes off the bench to make his Bayern Munich debut (and is booked five minutes later).

89’ - GOAL! Wolfsburg 1-1 Bayern Munich. Bendtner scores for Wolfsburg! De Bruyne's low cross from the right is met by the former Arsenal man, who puts the ball past Neuer and into the roof of the net with a first-time finish. 1-1!

KEY STATS

All six of Bendtner’s goals for Wolfsburg have been as a substitute.

This was Robert Lewandowski’s 50th appearance for Bayern. He’s scored 25 goals for the club.

This was Arjen Robben’s 13th game against Wolfsburg, in which time he’s been involved in 14 goals (9 goals, 5 assists).

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben celebrates with his team mateThiago Alcantara (L) next to Philipp Lahm (R) and coach Pep Guardiola (R) after scoring a goal against VfL Wolfsburg during the German Supercup

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben celebrates with his team mateThiago Alcantara (L) next to Philipp Lahm (R) and coach Pep Guardiola (R) after scoring a goal against VfL Wolfsburg during the German SupercupReuters

TALKING POINT

Can Bendtner make an impression on the Bundesliga this season? Well, if his confidence is in need of an additional boost, this would have provided it. Bas Dost was Wolfsburg’s star striker last season with a hatful of goals but Bendtner will be keen to at last prove his doubters wrong.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Nicklas Bendtner (Wolfsburg): Who else? Came off the bench with Bayern edging to victory and forced extra time with a clinical finish and then capped it off with a finely taken winning penalty.

PLAYER RATINGS

Wolfsburg: Casteels 7, Vieirinha 7, Naldo 7, Klose 7, Rodriguez 7, Guilavogui 7, Arnold 7, Cagiuri 7, De Bruyne 8, Perisic 7, Dost 7. Subs: Bendtner 9, Kruse 7, Schuerrle 7.

Bayern: Neuer 7, Benatia 7, Boateng 7, Alonso 6, Alaba 7, Lahm 7, Thiago 7, Douglas Costa 8, Robben 8, Mueller 7, Lewandowski 7. Subs: Rafinha 6, Vidal 6, Goetze 6.

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