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Borussia-Park (ATT 54,010) 18th May 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: T Kinhofer

M'gladbach Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Bay Munich

M'gladbach 3

M Stranzl (4)
M Hanke (5)
H Nordtveit (10)

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Bay Munich 4

Javi Martinez (7)
F Ribery (18, 53)
A Robben (59)

Bayern fight back at Gladbach

Last Updated: 18/05/13 6:10pm

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Franck Ribery: Scored two and set up two in Bayern win

Franck Ribery: Scored two and set up two in Bayern win

Franck Ribery scored two goals and set up two more as Bayern Munich came from behind to end their victorious Bundesliga campaign with a 4-3 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The home side made a flying start and opened up a two-goal lead within the first five minutes thanks to Martin Stranzl and Mike Hanke.

Javi Martinez reduced arrears soon after but Harvard Nordtveit restored Gladbach's two-goal advantage in a frantic opening 10 minutes.

However, Ribery cut the deficit to 3-2 after 18 minutes and then hit an equaliser early in the second half, before setting up Arjen Robben's decisive goal on the hour.

The win sees Bayern finish the season on 91 points, the highest total in Bundesliga history and the perfect preparation for next weekend's Champions League showdown with Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

However, they paid the price for a nervy start and were two goals down after just five minutes.

Stranzl headed home the opener after four minutes from Juan Arango's free-kick, and moments later Dante's pass was snatched up by Branimir Hrgota, who laid the ball off for Hanke to fire past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern pulled one back in the seventh minute on a counter-attack with Ribery playing the ball forward to Martinez, who beat Gladbach keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen at the right post.

However, Gladbach made it 3-1 three minutes later with Patrick Herrmann feeding Nordtveit, who got the better of Neuer before tucking the ball into the bottom left corner.

The goals kept coming at Borussia Park and Bayern struck again in the 18th minute with Ribery's shot going in off the inside of the left post.

The Frenchman then ensured the scores were level eight minutes into the second half with a stunning left-footed volley from 25 yards.

And Bayern finally grabbed the lead six minutes later with Ribery whipping a cross toward the right post, where Robben was waiting to volley in.

Gladbach keeper Ter Stegen ensured the champions could not add to their tally, making fine saves to deny David Alaba and Martinez.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25