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Ribery double gives Bayern 7th win

Dpa
Monday, October 08, 2012

BERLIN - Franck Ribery scored in each half as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich defeated Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday for their seventh straight league win.

Bayern, on maximum 21 points, move five points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt, who are at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

Schalke defeated Wolfsburg 3-0 to move two points behind Frankfurt and leave Felix Magath's side second last.

A first-half headed goal from Jefferson Farfan and a first for the club from Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay just after the break was followed by a third in the 58th minute from Roman Neustaedter.

SV Hamburg earned a 1-0 win at bottom club Greuther Fuerth, courtesy of a first-half strike from South Korean Son Heung-Min.

Two stoppage-time goals helped Freiburg to a 3-0 win over Nuremberg, who have slipped to a fourth successive defeat.

Fortuna Dusseldorf lost their unbeaten record with a late 1-0 defeat at Mainz, who clinched the points when Nikolce Noveski headed home five minutes from time.

A crowd of around 71,000 were in Munich's Alliance Arena to see Bayern bounce back from a Champions League defeat at BATE Borisov with a commanding performance against Hoffenheim.

Ribery opened the account when he went past Andreas Beck on the left of the area and found the net with a left-foot shot through the legs of keeper Kown Casteels.

He doubled the tally two minutes after the interval after Toni Kroos failed to connect properly on a cross by Mario Mandzukic, but then recovered quickly to set up the France midfielder.