Bayern up to third
Bayern Munich defeat Nuremberg 2-1 to continue their march up the table.
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2009 19:07 GMT

Bayern Munich's Croatian striker Ivica Olic celebrates [AFP]
Defender Daniel van Buyten scored with a late header to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over Nuremberg in the German Bundesliga.

Nuremberg nearly soured the start of Munich's Oktoberfest after Maxim Choupo-Moting had canceled out Ivica Olic's goal for Bayern.

But the burly van Buyten rose to head in Arjen Robben's cross and seal Bayern's victory.

"It was positive that we never stopped believing that we could win the match and at the end it paid off,'' van Buyten said.

In other games, Cologne won its first game of the season by beating Stuttgart 2-0 on the road and Hoffenheim also won away by coming from behind to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2.

Hannover and Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 and Mainz also won on the road, rallying to beat Bochum 3-2.


Saturday September 19

 B' Munich 1-1 Nuremberg
 B' M'gladbach 2-4 TSG Hoff
 Hannover 1-1 Dortmund
 Stuttgart 0-2 Cologne
 VfL Bochum 2-3 Mainz

Ribery rested

Bayern's coach Louis van Gaal rested Franck Ribery and his team had few chances in the first half.

After 30 minutes, Thomas Mueller set up Mario Gomez and the striker hit a volley from close range that bounced from the underside of the crossbar, hit the line and was cleared.

Ribery came in for Gomez in the second half and Bayern's game picked up pace.

Mueller fed Olic in the 55th, slipping a short pass behind Nuremberg's defence and the quick forward scored from close range.

Nuremberg had relied on a well-organised defence but it showed in the 73rd that it can attack too when Ilkay Guendogan drew four Bayern defenders before releasing Choupo-Moting, who slotted past Joerg Butt in Bayern's goal.

"When you finally lead 1-0 after a lot of work, you can't have all your players rushing forward,'' van Gaal said.

And when the home fans were beginning to worry that Bayern could lose points at home to the Bavarian rival, Robben sent a floating cross into the box and van Buyten scored the winner.

"When a team defends so well like Nuremberg, you have to send in such crosses and that's what Robben did,'' van Gaal said.

"It's very disappointing that we were unable to resist in the last eight minutes. We were close to earning a point,'' Nuremberg's coach Michael Oenning said.

With three games inside a week, Bayern won't be celebrating yet at the Oktoberfest, the huge beer bash that opened Saturday.

Bayern's third straight Bundesliga victory took van Gaal's team to third place in the standings, at least until the sixth round is completed Sunday, when the two leaders, Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen, both play.

Hamburg is at Eintracht Frankfurt and Leverkusen hosts Werder Bremen. The two leaders have 13 points and Bayern has 11.

Cologne open account

In Stuttgart, Zvonimir Soldo notched his first Bundesliga victory as coach of Cologne at the club for which he played more than 300 games.

The last time Stuttgart beat Cologne was 13 years ago, and Soldo was one of the scorers.

Sebastian Freis scored after 25 minutes when Stuttgart lost possession in its half. The second came after a huge mistake by Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who came far off his line to challenge Manasseh Ishiaku and Wilfried Sanou drove the ball into an empty net from 40 metres (yards).

"We made too many mistakes, in this league you pay for it,'' said coach Markus Babbel, whose team lost at home for the first time since he took over last November.

Juan Arango and Roberto Colautti scored early for Moenchengladbach, but Hoffenheim pulled one back by Sejad Salihovic and then struck three more in the last four minutes to join Bayern on 11 points. Maicosuel, Chinedu Obasi and Demba Ba secured Hoffenheim's victory.

Andre Schuerrle, an 18-year-old striker, scored his first Bundesliga goals by notching the equaliser and then the winner for promoted Mainz in Bochum.

Mainz now also has 11 points. Dozens of angry Bochum fans demanded the ouster of coach Marcel Koller after the match.

Nuri Sahin scored for Dortmund shortly before halftime in Hannover but the home team equalised three minutes into the second half through Didier Ya Konan.

On Friday, defending champion Wolfsburg beat former coach Felix Magath's new team Schalke 2-1 behind two goals from striker Edin Dzeko to end a three-game losing streak.

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