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Steve McClaren's tenure at Wolfsburg begins with defeat to Bayern
Reuters - 3 years ago

Steve McClaren's tenure as manager of Wolfsburg has begun in defeat after his side lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich in the opening round of the new Bundesliga season.

Bayern, the German champions, required a stoppage-time winner from Bastian Schweinsteiger to seal the win having begun the match in the more lively fashion.

Thomas Müller, who excelled for Germany during the World Cup, gave Bayern the lead at the Allianz Arena before last season's Bundesliga top-scorer, and Manchester City target, Edin Dzeko equalised for the visitors in the 55th-minute when he headed in a Zvjezdan Misimovic corner.

McClaren, who joined Wolfsburg during the summer having guided FC Twente to the Eredivisie title, looked on course for a valuable point until Schweinsteiger, another star for Germany in South Africa, tapped in Franck Ribéry's cross at the far post.

"We did not deserve that," said the former England manager. "We could have won this game."

Louis van Gaal, the Bayern coach, said: "A win and three points make me happy. For the first 15 minutes of the second half we just gave away too many balls. But then we were good and Ribéry's played for 90 minutes."

Schalke, runners-up to Bayern last season, take on Hamburg today while Werder Bremen, who finished third, visit Hoffenheim.

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