An incredible five-goal barrage in the final 27 minutes of play ignited Bayern Munich’s 6-1 victory over Wolfsburg on Saturday night at Volkswagen Arena.
Thomas Mueller and Mario Manduzkic each recorded a brace in the final flurry, separating Munich from a 1-1 logjam that could have been their first draw in Bundesliga play in nearly five months.
Midfielder Franck Ribery chipped in his eighth goal of the season in between Mueller and Manduzkic’s scores.
Currently fifth on the Bundesliga table and 29 points back of Bayern, Wolfsburg looked poised for an incredible upset after defender Naldo deflected Kevin De Bruyne’s cross into the net in the 17th minute for the 1-0 lead.
Bayern midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri provided the equalizer in the 26th minute, corralling a rebound after several attempts by Jerome Boateng and Dante were blocked by Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio. In a very difficult outing for Benaglio, he still finished with six saves off 12 shots on target from Munich.
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Beginning in the 63rd minute Thiago Alcantara perfectly fed Mueller a through ball past the Wolfsburg back line, and the 24-year-old pulled Benaglio up from his line and fired a left-footed shot home.
Mandzukic notched his first goal three minutes later, converting Rafinha’s ground cross into a low shot to the bottom right corner.
It proved to be Munich’s second-highest scoring match of the year, following the 7-0 pounding delivered to Werder Bremen in December.