Wolfsburg 2-3 Bayern Munich: Bundesliga champions edge to victory against high-flyers and pull further clear at the top with Jamal Musiala at the double and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on target
- Bayern Munich have opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga
- Jamal Musiala netted a first-half brace as the visitors took control of the game
- The in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was also on target with a simple tap-in
- But Wolfsburg fought back hard and gave champions Bayern an almighty fright
- Wout Weghorst and Maximilian Philipp both scored to give the hosts some hope
Teenager Jamal Musiala scored twice in the first half to steer Bayern Munich to a nervous 3-2 victory at third-placed VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday to move seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with five matches left to play.
Three days after their Champions League quarter-final elimination by Paris St Germain, the Bavarians made almost certain of their first silverware of the season after RB Leipzig stumbled to a goalless draw against Hoffenheim on Friday.
Musiala put the visitors in front after 15 minutes when he weaved his way through three defenders in the box and fired in.
Bayern Munich survived a scare to defeat Wolfsburg and pull clear at the Bundesliga summit
Jamal Musiala tucked home a brace for the champions in the first half to give them three points
The 18-year-old Germany international then added another with a looping header in the 37th to make it 3-1 and become the youngest player in Bundesliga history to have scored six league goals.
He came close to a hat-trick a little later but his effort was cleared on the line.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had doubled Bayern’s lead in the 24th, but Wolfsburg’s top striker Wout Weghorst cut the deficit in the 35th with his 19th goal of the campaign.
Wolfsburg: Casteels, Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio, Gerhardt, Schlager, Baku (Brekalo 55), Philipp (Bialek 78), Victor (Roussillon 60), Weghorst
Subs not used: Bruma, Pervan, Mehmedi, Ginczek, Pongracic, Siersleben
Goals: Weghorst 35, Philipp 54
Bookings: Otavio, Mbabu
Manager: Oliver Glasner
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Hernandez (Nianzu 90+6), Davies, Kimmich, Alaba, Sane (Martinez 87), Muller, Musiala (Coman 73), Choupo-Moting
Subs not used: Sarr, Dantas, Scott, Nubel, Stanisic, Zaiser
Goals: Musiala 15, 37, Choupo-Moting 24
Manager: Hansi Flick
The superb Musiala (right) was found in clinical form and strengthened Bayern’s title defence
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting extended his scoring streak with a fine finish planted across goal
The Wolves pulled another goal back in the 54th with Maximilian Philipp but missed several chances to level through Weghorst and a Jerome Roussillon shot in the 84th minute that flew just wide of keeper Manuel Neuer’s post.
Bayern, on track for a record-extending ninth straight league crown, are on 68 points, with RB Leipzig in second place on 61.
Wolfsburg held on to third spot on 54 points despite their defeat after Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-0 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach that left them a point behind the Wolves in fourth.
The top four finishers automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage.
Wout Weghorst neatly slotted home for Wolfsburg in the first half to hand the hosts some hope
Maximilian Philipp (centre) also pulled back a second goal to leave Bayern’s nerves shredded
Hansi Flick’s team were able to protect their slender advantage to open up a seven-point gap
Manuel Neuer celebrated wildly after Bayern’s third as his team edge closer to yet another title
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