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Bayern Munich snatch last-gasp victory

Bayern players celebrate their last-gasp 2-1 Bundesliga victory over Wolfsburg on Friday.
Bayern players celebrate their last-gasp 2-1 Bundesliga victory over Wolfsburg on Friday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bayern Munich begin defense of their Bundesliga title with a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg
  • A last-gasp Bastian Schweinsteiger goal gives the hosts a dramatic victory
  • Thomas Muller put the home side ahead but Edin Dzeko levelled in the second half

(CNN) -- Bayern Munich began the defense of their Bundesliga title with a 2-1 home victory over 2009 champions Wolfsburg, courtesy of a last-gasp goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The German international stabbed home a cross from Frenchman Franck Ribery to give the champions a dramatic opening victory.

Thomas Muller had given Bayern a perfect start by putting them ahead in the ninth minute with a stunning strike.

Muller, one of the stars of the World Cup finals, collected a pass from Toni Kroos, flicked the ball past a defender and volled low into the right-hand corner of the net.

Wolfsburg were inches from levelling just two minutes after the interval when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic struck the post.

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But, in the 55th minute, the visitors did many to equalize when Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko was left unmarked to head home a corner from Zvjezdan Misimovic.

The match looked to be heading for a draw until Schweinsteiger popped up at the far post to give Bayern a perfect start.

The highlight of Saturday's opening matches sees last year's runners-up Schalke travel to Hamburg, with Bayer Leverkusen at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.