Bayern Munich begins Bundesliga title defense with win over Wolfsburg
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich began the defense of its Bundesliga title on Friday by beating Wolfsburg 2-1 with goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben shortly before and after the interval.
Bayern dominated the match until Wolfsburg's goal by Ivica Olic in the 52nd minute that breathed new life into Wolfsburg's game. Wolfsburg wasted a tremendous late opportunity to earn a point and Robben hit the crossbar in stoppage time.
Both teams were missing several injured players. Bayern was without Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger, among others. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola gave 17-year-old Gianluca Gaudino, son of former Germany international Maurizio Gaudino, his Bundesliga debut and the teenager had a good game.
New Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski failed to score and was substituted late in the second half.
U.S. men's national team 19-year-old forward Julian Green was on the matchday roster for Bayern, but he was an unused substitute.