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By ESPN Staff
Feb 26, 2012

Bayern and Dortmund win

Bayern Munich produced the perfect response to their Champions League setback this week by beating Schalke 2-0 to climb back to second in the Bundesliga standings.

Bayern Munich 2-0 Schalke (UK/US/ROI only)

• Bundesliga: Bayer see off Cologne

Bayern were desperate to return to winning ways after losing 1-0 at Basel in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday, and two goals from Franck Ribery earned the Bavarians all three points and put four points between themselves and their opponents in the table.

Ribery broke the deadlock when he timed his run to perfection to latch onto Luiz Gustavo's pass and beat the onrushing Hildebrand and follow the ball into the empty goal.

The Frenchman was at the heart of everything for the home team and, after setting up a few chances which were wasted by his team-mates, he doubled his side's advantage himself in the 55th minute when he exchanged passes with Muller before beating Hildebrand with a shot that took a slight deflection off Kyriakos Papadopoulos on its way in.

Later in the day, Borussia Dortmund extended their winning run to seven games and stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to four points with a 3-1 victory over the last side to have beaten them in the league this season, Hannover.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for the home side in a result that equalled a club record of consecutive top-flight wins, while Didier Ya Konan was on target for the Reds, who lost their unbeaten record in 2012 and consequently missed the chance they had to move into the top six with a win.

Ivan Perisic completed the scoring in stoppage time to keep Dortmund on course for a successful defence of their Bundesliga title.

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