Gustavo grabs late winner
A last-gasp goal from Luiz Gustavo was enough to give Bayern Munich their first win of the Bundesliga season at the expense of Wolfsburg, who can count themselves unfortunate not to have claimed at least a point. The Brazilian midfielder struck practically with the last kick of the game to silence the VW-Arena and make it 1-0 after Patrick Helmes had seen a goal disallowed in the first half.
The rather fortunate win lifts Bayern up to mid-table and gives them confidence ahead of their Champions League bow against FC Zurich in midweek. Wolfsburg pegged Bayern back from the whistle with a Patrick Ochs cross causing confusion in the visitors' penalty area in the first minute, but former Bayern man Hasan Salihamidzic was unable to reach it.
Bayern were finding it difficult to get out of their own penalty area, let alone their own half, but Die Wölfe were unable to turn their pressure into goals and it was clear they would not be able to keep up such an intensity for long. After weathering the early storm, Bayern began to put a few passes together and break into Wolfsburg territory.
They were equally unable to create any real danger as both goalkeepers enjoyed a quiet first half. The ball was in the back of the net in the 39th minute and Helmes thought he was celebrating his third goal of the season, but his celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee's flag. However, Jerome Boateng looked to be playing Helmes onside when Marcel Schafer's cross was headed on by Marco Russ.
It turned out to be a costly decision for the home side, who were even denied a point in stoppage time at the end of a tight second half. Franck Ribery spotted the run of Luiz Gustavo, who needed just one touch to beat Diego Benaglio from the edge of the penalty area and steal all three points for the 2010 Bundesliga champions against the 2009 league winners.