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Nov 24, 2007

Bundesliga: Dazzling Ribery helps Bayern to win

BERLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) - France midfielder Franck Ribery set up one goal and scored the other to lead Bayern Munich to a 2-1 home win over VfL Wolfsburg and their former Bayern coach Felix Magath in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Ribery's dazzling performance helped Bayern recover from their first loss of the season in all competitions, a 3-1 defeat at VfB Stuttgart last time out and maintain their one-point lead over Werder Bremen, who won 2-0 at Energie Cottbus.

Germany striker Miroslav Klose got his ninth league goal of the season before a sell-out crowd of 69,000 at the Allianz Arena steering home a Ribery cross in the 35th minute.

Ribery had beaten three Wolfsburg defenders before lofting the ball over to Klose, who pulled level with team mate Luca Toni as the Bundesliga's leading scorer.

Ribery, the key to Bayern's strong start this season, then scored his third goal since moving to Munich in the close season in the 50th minute, beating keeper Simon Jentzsch at the end of a break he had engineered with Hamit Altintop.

Wolfsburg, whose coach Magath was sacked by Bayern in January despite winning four titles in 2-1/2 years, got one back 19 minutes from time. Ashkan Dejagah fired a superb Christian Gentner cross into the top right corner.

'I'm pleased with the fine performance even though we had a bit of the jitters at the end,' Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld told German radio. 'We played well for 80 minutes.

'It was a hard fought win, which in my view is better than winning easily. It's helped us out of our mini-crisis.' Bayern had two draws and a loss in their last three league matches.

'I'm content with the way things went on my return to Munich,' said Magath.

'It was an experience for me to stand on the sideline. I was relishing it for the first half hour because I had the feeling we weren't getting into trouble. But we made a mistake and gave them the lead. We didn't find our way until we were down 2-0.'

Bayern were in control until just before Dejagah's goal. They looked like the Bayern of the first third of the season when they dominated the league with Ribery leading the charge.

But Wolfburg's Brazilian playmaker Marcelinho first shook up the Bayern defence, sorely missing suspended Brazil defender Lucio, with two long-range shots that Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn struggled to stop.

Bayern seemed to lose their way after giving up the goal and were lucky to come away with the win.

'We showed nerves after Wolfsburg's goal,' said Hitzfeld.

Hitzfeld complained about the many squandered chances. Italy striker Toni's header 19 seconds into the match just missed before Klose, Ribery and Mark van Bommel also wasted their chances in the first half hour.

'We were wasteful and should have been further ahead,' he said. 'But I think we gave the spectators a good show.'

Third placed Hamburg SV play on Sunday against Hansa Rostock. Schalke 04, in sixth, won a 3-2 thriller at Hanover 96 while champions VfB Stuttgart, in seventh, won their fifth successive league match, a 4-1 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Beyer Leverkusen beat MSV Duisburg 4-1 at home, while VfL Bochum won 3-0 against Arminia Bielefeld.