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Classy Ribery puts Bayern third, Hoffenheim go top

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 1 Nov 2008

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A superb piece of finishing by French star Franck Ribery led to Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over ten-man Arminia Bielefeld to put the German giants third, while Hoffenheim regained top spot on Saturday.

Goals by Germany striker Miroslav Klose and Ribery, plus a late penalty from Lukas Podolski, gave Bayern their fourth straight league win.

The victory puts the defending champions third on 21 points, but Hoffenheim reclaimed the top place they lost for 24 hours with a 2-1 win over Karlsruhe to lead the table with 25 points.

At Munich’s Allianz Arena, Bayern took the lead against Bielefeld when Ribery whipped in a free-kick which was saved, but when the ball fell to Klose he slipped his marker and slotted home his shot on 25 minutes.

But Bielefeld were level just five minutes later.

Bayern defender Martin Demichelis, who scored an own goal against Frankfurt on Wednesday in the 2-1 win, gave away a penalty and Poland striker Artur Wichniarek rifled home the spot kick to equalise.

Munich had Bielefeld under immense pressure in the second-half at the Allianz Arena as they created 11 shots in just over 20 minutes, including a header from defender Lucio which hammered the crossbar.

Having squandered a bucket load of chances, Bayern finally got the deserved break through on 77 minutes when Podolski fed a pass into Ribery who slid his shot home.

And Podolski smashed home a penalty on 84 minutes as the home side dominated the second-half.

Bielefeld lost midfielder Robert Tesche on 82 minutes when he hacked down Ribery through sheer frustration and was shown a straight red card.

Having lost top place in the league for less than 24 hours to Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim went back to the summit with a 4-1 win over Karlsruhe.

Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic netted twice and is the league’s top scorer with 13 goals in 11 games, while Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi also scored two goals.

Werder Bremen picked up their first league win since the end of September when they raced into a 3-0 half-time lead against Hertha Berlin and eventually won 5-1.

Title-contenders Hamburg suffered a shock when they went down 3-0 at Hanover having been 2-0 down after just 18 minutes and VfB Stuttgart were also humbled 3-1 at home to strugglers Cologne.

But Schalke 04 managed a late 2-0 win over second-from-bottom Energie Cottbus thanks to a second-half goal from Germany defender Heiko Westermann on 80 minutes and a penalty from Peru striker Jefferson Farfan on 90 minutes.

Bayer Leverkusen briefly led the top of the table following Friday night’s convincing 2-0 win at home to Wolfsburg after a second-half strike from midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta and a header from striker Stefan Kiessling.

Mid-table Borussia Dortmund are home to strugglers Bochum on Sunday while bottom side Moenchengladbach host Eintracht Frankurt.

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