Junior Malanda commits another horror miss for Wolfsburg

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Spare a though for Junior Malanda. Twice in two weeks the Wolfsburg midfielder has been guilty of inexplicable misses that have resulted in his side dropping potentially vital points in the Bundesliga.

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Wolfsburg were handed the daunting prospect of facing champions Bayern Munich on the opening weekend of this fledgling campaign, and could have left the Allianz Arena with a commendable point were it not for Malanda.

With Bayern leading 2-1 and only 12 minutes remaining, Malanda was presented with a golden opportunity to restore parity, but his close range shot rebounded off Manuel Neuer and onto the crossbar.

The ball, however, bounced down favourably for Malanda, who was required to simply tap into an empty net. But with the goal at his mercy, the 20-year-old Belgian could only bundle wide of the post.

And another...

Eight days on and Malanda had an opportunity for redemption in Wolfsburg’s following outing, this time an encounter with Eintracht Frankfurt at the Volkswagen Arena.

Naldo provided the home side with the lead before Sebastian Jung allowed Frankfurt to draw level with an own goal, but Maximilian Arnold placed Wolfsburg ahead once again with only 11 minutes remaining.

The drama was not to end there, however, with Vaclav Kadlec moving the visitors on terms once again with 85 minutes on the clock. Enter Malanda and yet another chance to change the result in his side’s favour.

On this occasion there were just two minutes remaining of an allowed four in stoppage time when the ball found Malanda free at the back post, but he got himself all in a fluster once again to endure the chance went begging.

It resulted in heads in hands all over the field, even from Nicklas Bendtner (the cheek of it), while Malanda laid out in goal - somewhere the ball really ought to have ended up.

So that's one point from two games for Wolfsburg, when it really ought to have been four.

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