Bundesliga: Ribery Stars For Bayern
Posted November 11, 2008on:
BERLIN: French star Franck Ribery (pic) scored his fourth goal in four consecutive league games on Sunday to seal a 2-1 win at Schalke 04 to put defending champions Bayern Munich in touch with the leaders.
Despite missing the first five games of the season after damaging ankle ligaments playing for France against Italy during Euro 2008 in June, Ribery is back to his best and his first-half strike in Gelsenkirchen put Bayern third.
“That was world-class! You won’t see better than that,” pundit and Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer told German channel Premiere after watching Ribery.
Hoffenheim dropped to second in the table by virtue of their 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Sunday as Bayer Leverkusen took over as league leaders with a superior goal difference.
But with five wins from their last five league games, defending champions Bayern are now on 24 points just one behind Hoffenheim and Bayer.
Last month’s slump — which saw them drop to 11th in the table — now looks a thing of the past.
“We are very content to drive home with three points,” said Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Schalke put us under a lot of pressure in the first half.”
Bayern took the lead as early as the third minute when Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni, back from a rib injury, combined with Munich captain Mark van Bommel and fired home from close range.
Schalke replied almost immediately when striker Jefferson Farfan converted a pass from Brazilian Rafinha and slotted his shot past Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing after five minutes.
The best goal of the game came when Ribery linked up with Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto and scored on 31 minutes after some quick passing to give the guests the three points.
New Straits Times