Bundesliga: Robert Lewandowski scores late penalty as Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 17/02/18 7:51pm
Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to score a stoppage-time penalty as Bayern Munich came from behind to win 2-1 at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The Poland striker was introduced in the 79th minute for Sandro Wagner, who had cancelled out Daniel Didavi's early opener nine minutes after Arjen Robben had seen his penalty brilliantly saved by Koen Casteels.
But the Wolfsburg goalkeeper could do nothing about Lewandowski's spot-kick as Bayern moved 21 points clear at the top of the table.
It secured a 13th win in a row in all competitions for Bayern, who started with Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels on the bench ahead of Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Besiktas.
The decision to rest so many first-choice players looked like it might backfire when Didavi scored after only eight minutes, heading home a cross at the back post following a short corner from the left.
Bayern had scored in every game since the 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris St Germain in September which cost coach Carlo Ancelotti his job.
That run looked in danger of coming to an end when Robben was denied from the spot in the 55th minute, Casteels flinging himself to his right to tip the Dutchman's effort on to a post.
But Robben made amends to set up the equaliser, bursting to the byline down the right and then standing up a cross for Wagner to head home.
Wagner made way for Lewandowski as Bayern sought a winner and it arrived at the death, with Robben again involved.
The forward fell in the area after Gian-Luca Itter pulled his shirt, and this time Lewandowski stepped up to take responsibility from the spot, firing his effort low into the right corner beyond the dive of Casteels.
Bayer Leverkusen are now Bayern's closest challengers as a 2-1 win at Hamburg took them up to second, above RB Leipzig on goal difference.
Jamaican Leon Bailey added to his burgeoning reputation by opening the scoring in the 40th minute, and Kai Havertz made it two five minutes after the break.
Second-bottom Hamburg pulled one back through Andre Hahn, but it was not enough.
Basement boys Cologne moved to within three points of Hamburg with a 1-1 draw at home to Hannover.
Yuya Osako put Cologne ahead after half an hour, with Niclas Fuellkrug equalising seven minutes later.
Elsewhere, Freiburg beat Werder Bremen 1-0 thanks to Nils Petersen's first-half penalty.
Janik Haberer missed a late penalty for Freiburg, but it did not prove costly.
In the late kick-off Schalke moved up to fifth place with a 2-1 home win over Hoffenheim.
Thilo Kehrer put Schalke in front after 11 minutes and Breel Embolo made it two shortly before the half-hour mark.
Andrej Kramaric pulled one back 12 minutes from time, but the Royal Blues held on.