Bundesliga: Wolfsburg 0 Bayern Munich 2
By Football News
Bayern Munich kept up their march toward the Bundesliga title after strolling to a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena on Friday.
Bayern were always in control but, perhaps with next week's Champions League trip to Arsenal on the agenda, never looked to over-exert themselves against a side with one of the worst home records in the German top flight.
Mario Mandzukic showed no mercy against his former club when firing home a fantastic overhead effort in the first half, with Arjen Robben rounding off matters in injury-time to send the visitors 18 points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the standings.
Bayern typically dominated possession throughout the first half, but despite some promising build-up play, the final ball was lacking, breaking down a number of their attacks.
Wolfsburg were diligent in defence and, through the pace and directness of Marcel Schafer and Ivica Olic, found themselves with a purposeful outlet on the left flank to relieve pressure on their goal.
The first half seemed destined to end in a stalemate, but, nine minutes before the break, a moment of magic from Mandzukic broke the deadlock in stunning fashion.
Toni Kroos pumped a free kick toward the far post and Bastian Schweinsteiger nodded back to the Croatia striker, who connected superbly with an overhead kick that rifled in from 15 yards out.
The home side made a concerted effort to get back into the game in the second half, but were still indebted to Naldo for hacking clear a goalbound Thomas Mueller effort off the line.
Vieirinha blasted off target from 20 yards out, but Wolfsburg's best chance of the match came from Diego, who bent a free kick toward the corner that brought the best out of Manuel Neuer with a quarter of an hour to go.
The hosts' eagerness to get back into the match would cost them at the death as Mueller found Robben peeling away in space, the winger burying a powerful low finish to seal the game.