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By ESPN Staff
Apr 16, 2008

Toni takes Bayern within touching distance

BERLIN, April 16 (Reuters) - Italian international Luca Toni struck twice to help Bayern Munich move to the brink of a 21st league title with a 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday. The visitors fell behind to a Benjamin Koehler goal in the first half but a Daniel van Buyten header and Toni's 19th and 20th Bundesliga goals of the season saw the Bavarians home. Victory restored Bayern's 10-point lead at the top of the table with five games to play, meaning they could secure the title as early as the next round of league matches on the weekend of April 25-27. 'I can say it now, we're going to be champions,' Bayern manager Uli Hoeness told Premiere TV. 'We had that bit of luck you get when you're on a roll.' Werder Bremen are second on 53 points after winning 2-1 at Hansa Rostock on Tuesday while Schalke 04 are in the third and final Champions League slot on 51 following their 5-0 victory over Energie Cottbus. Hamburg SV, who drew 0-0 at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday, are fourth on 48 points, ahead of VfB Stuttgart on goal difference after the outgoing champions won 3-0 at home to bottom club Nuremberg on Wednesday. Bayer Leverkusen's hopes of getting back in the race for Champions League places took a blow when they lost 1-0 at Arminia Bielefeld. They are sixth on 47 points. Bayern can now turn their attentions to Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund and have every reason to be confident of landing a domestic double. While Bayern were flexing their muscles against Frankfurt, Dortmund were losing 3-1 at home to Hanover 96. Bayern rode their luck in the first half against Frankfurt but responded in devastating style after the break. The Frankfurt goal came in the 29th minute when Lucio left Koehler unmarked to head in a Patrick Ochs cross. Frankfurt should have had a second at the end of the half when Martin Fenin went clear on goal only to take the ball too far round keeper Michael Rensing. Bayern went close a couple of times before Van Buyten found space to head in the equaliser from a Bastian Schweinsteiger corner with an hour gone. Toni then lost his marker to prod in a Schweinsteiger cross in the 74th minute and five minutes from time the Italian World Cup winner converted a fine cross from Jan Schlaudraff for the third.