Bayern Munich smash Wolfsburg to finish remarkable campaign

Bayern Munich players celebrating against Wolfsburg. (Photo by KAI PFAFFENBACH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating against Wolfsburg. (Photo by KAI PFAFFENBACH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich smashed Wolfsburg in the final matchday of the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich ended their Bundesliga campaign in an emphatic manner by scoring four past Wolfsburg. Kingsley Coman and Mickael Cuisance scored in the first half, while Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski found the net in the second half.

Hansi Flick made several changes to the starting lineup that got the job done against Freiburg last weekend. Manuel Neuer was back in the lineup replacing Sven Ulreich. David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, and Alvaro Odriozola started in defense instead of Javi Martinez, Lucas Hernandez, and Benjamin Pavard, respectively.

Joshua Kimmich finally got a rest, while Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry returned to the starting XI. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg made only one change to the lineup that featured against Schalke. Joshua Guilavogui replaced Xaver Schlager in the midfield.

The home side started the game brightly, but it was visitors who broke the deadlock. Die Roten were ahead in less than three minutes when Kingsley Coman slotted past Koen Casteels. Thomas Muller grabbed his 21st league assist of the season with a lovely through ball for Coman.

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Wolfsburg didn’t drop intensity after going behind. They continued to exploit space behind Odriozola on the right flank. They surged forward after winning the ball higher up the pitch, but couldn’t play the all-important killer pass. Neuer was called into action when Josip Brekalo unleashed a terrific shot from close range.

The home side continued to threaten in the final third, while Die Roten looked to cause damage on the counter. Gnabry and Muller linked well in the box to test Casteels just before the water break in the first half. After the break, Coman had the chance to double the lead when his effort from a tight angle missed the target by inches. At the other end, Daniel Ginczek missed a sitter from close range after a delicious cross from the right flank.

Wolfsburg had to pay for their missed chances as Mickael Cuisance doubled Die Roten’s lead in the 40th minute by curling the shot past Casteels from the edge of the box. This was the first Bundesliga goal for the Frenchman and his first for Rekordmeister.

The hosts played good football and created all sorts of problems for Die Roten’s defense. Wolfsburg had the ball in the net at the end of the half, but it was disallowed due to foul on Odriozola by Ginczek in the build-up. Nevertheless, Bayern’s ruthlessness in front of the goal allowed them to go into half time with a two-goal lead.

Die Roten started the second half in a much better way. They dominated the possession and frustrated Wolfsburg. Gnabry got the first big chance of the half when Coman drilled a fierce cross in the box. The German winger couldn’t sort his feet quickly and smacked the ball into stands.

Wolfsburg’s attack was completely blunted as Bayern continued to create chances. Low crosses were the feature of the visitors’ attack in the second half. They were eventually rewarded in the 70th minute when Cuisance was brought down in the box by Guilavogui. The latter was sent off for the foul. Robert Lewandowski converted the penalty to score his 34th goal of the season.

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In a matter of few minutes, Bayern quadrupled their lead when Muller volleyed home from a peach of a cross from Ivan Perisic. This was Die Roten’s 100th goal in the Bundesliga this season. The Champions saw out the game to end a dominant season on a sweet now. The focus of the team will now shift to next weekend’s DFB Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen.

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