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Football: Mueller, Robben give Bayern Munich winning start to German title defence

Published on Aug 23, 2014 3:47 PM
Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben celebrates his goal against VfL Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Aug 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Reigning German champions Bayern Munich got the new Bundesliga season off to a perfect start with a dramatic 2-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Friday.

Pep Guardiola's side looked sluggish early on at the Allianz Arena but took the lead after 37 minutes when Thomas Mueller poked home from Arjen Robben's cross.

The home side seemed in control when Robben scored just 67 seconds into the second half before a superb strike from Ivica Olic gave the visitors hope.

And Wolfsburg, who finished fifth last season, missed a glorious chance to steal a point when substitute Junior Malanda somehow missed from a yard out with 11 minutes remaining.

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