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Perfect start for Bayern

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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

Pep Guardiola's side looked sluggish early on at the Allianz Arena yesterday 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.

Bayern manager Guardiola went into the game without injured midfielders Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago and Javi Martinez as well as suspended defender Jerome Boateng.

The Spaniard responded by handing 17-year-old Gianluca Gaudino a first Bundesliga start.

Gaudino lined up in central midfield alongside David Alaba, one of only three players who made their league debut for Bayern at a younger age.

Former Bayern midfielder Luiz Gustavo started in midfield for the visitors, who handed Bundesliga debuts to new signings Sebastian Jung, Joshua Guilavogui and Aaron Hunt.