The new Bundesliga season kicked off with champions Bayern Munich facing Wolfsburg and it produced a miss of the season candidate that will be tough to beat. With Bayern up 2-1, Wolfsburg used their last substitution to bring on 19-year-old defender Junior Malanda in the 72nd minute.
Just five minutes later, Malanda found himself charging through Bayern's back line with a perfect cross at his feet. His first-touch shot was deflected by Manuel Neuer, but Malanda stayed after it and had a chance at the rebound on an empty net after the ball came off the crossbar, but he somehow put it wide of the post from an improbable angle.
Had he scored, it would've been a shock equalizer and made him a a hero. Instead, Wolfsburg lost 2-1 and Malanda's confidence is now shot. So if you see Junior Malanda at any point over the next few months, just tell him everything will be OK.
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