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Allianz Arena (ATT 69,000) 26th February 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Weiner

Bay Munich Bayern Munich vs Schalke Schalke

Bay Munich 2

F Ribery (36, 55)


Bayern respond to Euro shock

Ribery the star of the show as Schalke are beaten

Last Updated: 27/02/12 12:51pm

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Franck Ribery: Took all the plaudits in win over Schalke

Franck Ribery: Took all the plaudits in win over Schalke

Bayern Munich produced the perfect response to their UEFA Champions League setback this week by beating Schalke 2-0 to climb back to second in the Bundesliga.

Two goals from Franck Ribery earned the Bavarians all three points and put four points between themselves and their opponents in the table.

Neither of the league's top goalscorers, Bayern's Mario Gomez and Schalke's Klaas Jan Huntelaar, were able to add to their 18 goals for the season as Ribery took all the plaudits.

Bayern were desperate to return to winning ways after losing 1-0 at Basle in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Timo Hildebrand stood between them and an early lead, the former Germany No.1 making quick-fire saves from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.

He then denied the Dutchman again with Muller unable to convert the rebound as Bayern seized the initiative.


Ribery was just too late to reach Muller's cross in the 31st minute, but he timed his run to perfection to latch onto Luiz Gustavo's pass and beat the onrushing Hildebrand and follow the ball into the empty goal.

The goal clearly came as a huge relief to Ribery, who was given a yellow card for his excessive celebrations.

Holger Badstuber nearly made it two when he headed against the crossbar early in the second half.

Ribery was at the heart of everything for the home team and, after setting up a few chances which were wasted by his team-mates, he doubled his side's advantage himself in the 55th minute.

He exchanged passes with Muller before beating Hildebrand with a shot which took a slight deflection off Kyriakos Papadopoulos on its way in.

Ivica Olic denied his own team-mate, Muller, a goal when he greedily headed the ball across the line - from an offside position - in the 73rd minute. Had the Croatian not touched the ball, the goal would have counted.

It did not prove to be a costly mistake, however, as Schalke were unable to mount a recovery.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 29 42
6 FC Augsburg 29 42
7 Werder Bremen 29 38
8 Hoffenheim 29 37
9 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 29 25