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Bayern moves up to third place

BAYERN Munich defender Daniel van Buyten headed in a cross eight minutes from time to give his team a 2-1 victory over promoted Nuremberg yesterday and lift the Bavarians to third place in the German Bundesliga.

Bayern initially found it hard going against a crowded Nuremberg defense which slowly gained in confidence after a nervous start and even had two good long-distance efforts blocked by keeper Joerg Butt.

The hosts though continued to press and it only looked a matter of time until they scored. Striker Ivica Olic and Thomas Mueller missed clear chances before Mario Gomez thought he had scored in the 31st minute when his shot bounced off the crossbar onto the line. The referee rightly waved play on.

It took Bayern only nine minutes after the re-start to take the lead when Olic slotted home after Mueller cleverly chipped the ball into the Croatian's path in the box.

Nuremberg surprisingly leveled with a swift attack on 73 minutes when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting chased down a pass on the right to fire home before Belgian van Buyten rose to head in an Arjen Robben cross for the winner nine minutes later.

Hoffenheim joined Bayern on 11 points after scoring three goals in the final five minutes for a 4-2 win over host Borussia Moenchengladbach, which had taken a 2-0 lead.

Brazilian Maicosuel made it 2-2 on 86 minutes before Chinedu Obasi and Demba Ba added two more to complete a stunning comeback for Hoffenheim.

Visiting Cologne beat VfB Stuttgart 2-0 to record the first win of what has so far been a miserable season and move a place above the relegation zone to 15th.

Leader Hamburg SV, on 13 points, takes on Eintracht Frankfurt and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, also on 13, hosts Werder Bremen today.

Elsewhere yesterday, it was: Hannover 1, Borussia Dortmund 1; and VfL Bochum 2, Mainz 3.

On Friday, Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko netted twice to give champion VfL Wolfsburg a 2-1 victory at Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga.

Schalke (10 points), coached by Felix Magath who led Wolfsburg to the title last season, is in sixth place, one point ahead of Wolfsburg, now eighth.


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