Tip of the Cap: Manuel Neuer – Bayern fans shouldn’t be surprised when Neuer makes vital saves in pinnacle moments, but it is nonetheless remarkable when he does. The two breaks Wolfsburg had in the second half were worthy of a goal, but it doesn’t matter when you can’t beat the best goalkeeper in the world.
Golf Clap: Philipp Lahm – Honored for his 500th appearance before the game, Lahm showed that, even at 33, he’s still got it in appearance No. 501. He was running Yannick Gerhardt and Maximilian Arnold at full steam, taking the young German internationals to school. We might not get to witness his talent for much longer, so we have to enjoy it while it lasts.
Standing Ovation: Thiago – He missed all of January, and he didn’t miss a beat on his return. His passing and combination play was spot on, and Bayern’s build-up play was markedly improved because of it. If Bayern make it to another final – whether in the Cup or in the Champions League – Thiago should be the first name Ancelotti puts on his team sheet.
Meister of the Match: Douglas Costa – If he was making the case for more playing time, he made a pretty good one on Tuesday. His style is much more erratic than Franck Ribery’s, but his chance creation is just as good. Sure, His goal was the difference maker (off a fortunate deflection to boot), but his remarkable service into the penalty area kept Bayern dangerous against a conservative Wolfsburg team.
Jersey Swap: Yunus Malli – For some inexplicable reason, Valerien Ismael left him out of the starting line-up. After Wolfsburg didn’t have any shots in the first half, Malli finally got his chance and immediately impacted the game. Only Neuer’s elite goalkeeping skills prevented him from coming up with the crucial equalizing goal.