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Are you watching, Jose? Kevin de Bruyne blows Bayern away with inspired performance

It was an emotional night as Wolfsburg played their first game since the passing of Junior Malanda.

Image: Michael Sohn

WOLFSBURG LEFT BAYERN MUNICH’S unbeaten Bundesliga run in tatters as they stormed to a 4-1 win on an emotional night at the Volkswagen Arena.

The first game back after Germany’s mid-season break gave Wolfsburg’s players and fans the opportunity to honour the life of 20-year-old midfielder Junior Malanda, who died in a car crash earlier this month, before kick-off.

Dieter Hecking’s team, who were 11 points behind leaders Bayern in second before Friday’s match, proceeded to give a stirring performance from the first whistle – Bas Dost handing them a fourth minute lead.

Making only his fourth start of an injury-hit campaign, Dutch striker Dost doubled his tally in first-half stoppage time before the excellent Kevin De Bruyne took centre-stage.

The Belgium international displayed visible emotion in memory of his countryman Mandala when he made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute.

Although Juan Bernat hit back for Bayern two minutes later, De Bruyne would mesmerizingly turn Dante inside-out to rifle in an unstoppable fourth and seal Bayern’s worst league defeat since a 5-1 thrashing on the same ground in April 2009.

There was a poignant pre-match tribute to Malanda – commemorated with a lengthy period of applause before a moment’s silence.

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