Coman and Lewandowski spark Bayern Munich to victory at Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich celebrated their 116th birthday in fine style on Saturday, avenging last season's Kevin De Bruyne-inspired defeat with a comfortable 2-0 win in Wolfsburg.
After a goalless first half, Frenchman Kingsley Coman broke the deadlock on 66 minutes before Robert Lewandowski sealed another three points with a quarter of an hour remaining. Unlike in the Champions League against Juventus in midweek, 2-0 proved a secure lead as Bayern coasted to victory.
The league leaders have dropped just seven points all season and moved 11 clear of nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Manuel Neuer, 8 -- Outstanding on his 150th appearance for the club, sealing his 84th clean sheet with just 87 goals conceded in total. Neuer made a string of fine saves, most notably from Max Kruse and Julian Draxler to keep the hungry Wolves at bay.
DF Juan Bernat, 7 -- The Spaniard was solid and composed throughout at left-back when defending, before pressing on down the flanks when Bayern rampaged forward.
DF David Alaba, 7 -- Aged a mere 23, Alaba's racked up 200 competitive appearances for the club and the versatile Austrian continues to excel wherever he plays, starring again in central defence on Saturday.
DF Joshua Kimmich, 7 -- Paired again alongside Alaba in central defence as loan signing Serdar Tasci looks to be a 53-minute experiment at this stage. None of the drama of Turin, with the only lowlight a miscued back pass to Neuer in the opening period.
DF Philipp Lahm, 7 -- Blazed over with his weaker left foot when well placed inside the opening 10 minutes, but the remarkably consistent Lahm isn't in the side to score goals.
MF Xabi Alonso, 6 -- The Spaniard has missed the past two Bundesliga games but took up the quarterback position on Saturday, offering protection to the emergency centre-backs in place of Arturo Vidal.
MF Douglas Costa, 6 -- Not as perky as the 2015 Costa and it was no surprise that the Brazilian was hooked off for Thiago five minutes after the interval with the game still in the balance.
MF Kingsley Coman, 8 -- A surge forward in the opening minute was an indication that the 19-year-old was on his game. Coman became the first Bayern teenager to score four Bundesliga goals since Bastian Schweinsteiger in 2003-04, stabbing home a crucial opening goal.
MF Arjen Robben, 6 -- Far less effective than in Tuesday's gala performance in Turin. Still hasn't scored in the Bundesliga this year and, not unreasonably, had to make way for his old mate Franck Ribery with Bayern chasing a breakthrough.
FW Thomas Muller, 6 -- Toiled industriously but it wouldn't quite fall for him in front of goal, with his first-time volley hit straight at keeper Koen Casteels as good as it got.
FW Robert Lewandowski, 8 -- Just the one goal on Saturday. Lewandowski was always going to struggle to live up to the five-goals-in-nine-minutes heroics from earlier this season, but the Bundesliga's top scorer got his obligatory goal, doubling the lead with an instinctive first-time finish to clinch the three points. The Pole has notched 33 goals in 34 matches for Bayern in all competitions this season. Not too shabby for a free transfer. Substitutes:
MF Thiago, 7 -- Came on for Costa with Bayern struggling to make a breakthrough and the Spaniard helped turn the tide in the second half.
MF Franck Ribery, 9 -- With the game still deadlocked, Ribery replaced his old partner Robben. The 32-year-old instantly provided oodles of that joie de vivre to inspire Bayern to their 20th win in 23 league games this season. The games keep coming thick and fast, and it would be a surprise if the Frenchman doesn't start in midweek against Mainz.
DF Sebastian Rode, NR -- Replaced Coman for the final few minutes as Bayern strolled to victory.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Twitter: @LovellLowdown.