Bendtner wins it for Wolfsburg

Nicklas Bendtner scored a last-gasp equaliser before firing home the winning penalty as Wolfsburg beat Bayern Munich to win the DFL-SuperCup.

The 2015/16 German football season officially kicked off at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday evening with a one-off match that features the winners of the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal. 

Wolfsburg found themselves on the defensive immediately with Douglas Costa providing plenty of problems for Vierinha down the left.

The Brazilian's low cross in the second minute gave Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Xabi Alonso a chance to take a shot, but they were all thwarted by blocks and mis-kicks in the space of a few frantic seconds.

Jerome Boateng was next to strike in the seventh minute, but his curling effort from close range found the crossbar.

Wolfsburg gradually started playing their way into the game, much to the delight of their home fans, with Ivan Perisic nearly putting his side ahead in the 23rd minute after latching on to a corner.

The final pass was frequently letting both sides down, however, as the players continued to shake off early-season rust.

Four minutes from half-time, Kevin De Bruyne should have scored for Wolfsburg. The Belgian got in behind the defence and headed it past keeper Manuel Neuer, only to miss with an empty net beckoning.

That would prove to be an expensive miss, as Robben finally broke the deadlock in the 49th minute. 

Costa beat Vierinha once again before sending in a cross which bounced off Lewandowski after Casteels failed to collect it, allowing the Dutchman to volley in from close range.

Wolfsburg had two solid opportunities to level within the space of a few minutes, but Neuer was up to the task, first denying Timm Klose's header before beating away a De Bruyne strike with his feet.

The home side enjoyed their fair share of possession in the last half hour, but they had to wait until the 89th minute before they finally grabbed the equaliser.

De Bruyne found space down the right, crossed low and Bendtner was on hand at the near post to produce a first-time finish into the roof of the net.

With no extra time to play, the teams moved straight to penalties after 90 minutes.

The crucial miss would come from Bayern's Alonso, who tried to guide the ball down the middle only for Koen Casteels to get a leg to it and tip it over despite having dived to his right.

In contrast, all five strikers were on target for Wolfsburg, with Bendtner fittingly the man to seal victory by firing his spot kick into the top corner.

It was a first ever SuperCup victory for the Wolves in their first official appearance in the tournament.

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