VAR denies Man but not Bayern in 2-0 win over Wolfsburg

Bayern's Sadio Mane talks with Referee Harm Osmers while waiting for a VAR decision during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Sadio Mané had two goals ruled out through VAR but Bayern Munich still managed to beat Wolfsburg 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Mané thought he’d opened the scoring in the 19th minute and his celebrations were cut short again in the 75th after another lengthy VAR review.

Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller’s first-half goals were enough to maintain Bayern’s winning start and frustrate former coach Niko Kovac on his return to Munich. Kovac, who led Bayern to a league and cup double in 2019, took over Wolfsburg in the offseason.

Kovac was fortunate his new team only lost by two goals on Sunday.

Benjamin Pavard struck the crossbar and Mané’s goal was ruled out before Musiala finally made Bayern’s dominance pay in the 33rd minute. The 19-year-old Germany forward eluded two defenders before steadying himself to dispatch the ball inside the left post.

“We’re playing good football. It’s fun to be part of it,” said Musiala, who took his tally to three goals in two Bundesliga games.

Müller made it 2-0 in the 43rd when he deflected Joshua Kimmich’s effort past the helpless Koen Casteels in the Wolfsburg goal. Alphonso Davies had done well to race down the left before pulling it back for Kimmich.

Casteels did brilliantly to keep out a deflected effort from Leroy Sané early in the second half, before Bayern had two more goals — including Mané’s — ruled out for offside.

Bayern, the 10-time defending champion, started the season with a 6-1 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.

Earlier Sunday, Mainz and Union Berlin canceled each other out in a 0-0 draw in Mainz. Both teams stayed unbeaten after winning their opening games.

“It was definitely not too pretty to look at,” Union coach Urs Fischer said. “But from my point of view I’m satisfied. We’re happy to take the point home.”