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Schweinsteiger strike fires Bayern up to fourth in Bundesliga

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 25 Oct 2008


Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on Saturday scored his second goal in two games to give Bayern Munich a 4-2 win over Wolfsburg to fire the defending Bundesliga champions up to fourth in the table.

Having gone 2-0 behind at Munich's Allianz Arena, it looked like Bayern were heading for their third defeat of the season having lost to Werder Bremen and Hanover last month which left them 11th in the table before kick-off.

But after conceding first-half goals from Wolfsburg strikers Brazilian Grafite and Edin Dzeko, Jurgen Klinsmann-coached Bayern wrestled back control of the game and have now won their last three matches.

Having scored in the 3-0 win over Fiorentina in the Champions League on Tuesday, Schweinsteiger then scored the fourth and final goal against Wolfsburg which sealed the win.

His Germany team-mate Tim Borowski had put Bayern ahead in the 63rd minute with their third goal after French star Franck Ribery and Dutch captain Mark van Bommel before Schweinsteiger netted with ten minutes to spare.

Wolfsburg, coached by former Bayern boss Felix Magath, took the lead when Munich defender Martin Demichelis was judged to have tackled Dzeko before the ball and referee Jochen Drees pointed to the penalty spot. Grafite fired home on 31 minutes to put the visitors ahead.

And two minutes later Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe crossed the ball in and with Munich's defence seemingly reluctant to clear the danger Dzeko headed home.

But Bayern responded as Ribery drilled in a shot after a wonderful strike on 41 minutes to keep Munich in touch at the break.

And the home side equalised in the second half as Ribery cut in from the wing for Germany striker Miroslav Klose to shoot, his shot was deflected by Wolfsburg's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, but van Bommel headed home on 54 minutes.

And Bayern took the lead on 62 minutes when Borowski connected with Ze Roberto's cross and fired home to put the home side ahead before Schweinsteiger hit the fourth on 80 minutes.

Also on Saturday, bottom side Energie Cottbus are two points adrift at the bottom of the table thanks to their 3-2 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Having earned Werder Bremen a point at Panathinaikos in the Champions League on Wednesday, Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida equalised for his side at Hanover in the 1-1 draw which leaves Bremen eighth.

Schalke 04 drew 0-0 with Arminia Bielefeld to move up to fifth in the table and Borussia Moenchengladbach came off the bottom of the league with a 1-0 win at home to Karlsruhe.

On Friday night, Bayer Leverkusen became league leaders with their 2-0 win over Cologne, but with main title rivals Hamburg and Hoffenheim playing each other on Sunday their lead may only be temporary.



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