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Late van Buyten strike saves Bayern's blushes

BAYERN Munich defender Daniel van Buyten scored two minutes from time to give his team a 2-1 win over visiting Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and lift the Bavarians to fifth place in the standings.

The host dominated throughout, missing a dozen clear chances, but it was Frankfurt which took the lead in the 60th minute when Alexander Meier pounced on a through ball from Patrick Ochs to slot home.

Dutch winger Arjen Robben leveled nine minutes later when he tapped in from close range following a header from fellow substitute Mario Gomez, before Van Buyten headed in at the far post in the 88th to seal the win which lifted Bayern to 18 points.

Leader Bayer Leverkusen, on 22 points, drew 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund on Friday and second-placed Hamburg SV, on 21 points, was at Schalke 04, which is third on 19, yesterday.

"We created many chances against an opponent who was very defensive. But we just could not score," said Bayern coach Louis van Gaal.

"Then I brought on Robben and Gomez and put van Buyten up front instead of (Luca) Toni. I was very lucky with my substitutions. I am satisfied."

Striker Miroslav Klose fired just wide in the sixth minute and in the 20th it was Italian Toni's turn to head wide from point-blank range.

In an even more one-sided second half, Bayern desperately poured forward but the Allianz Arena was silenced in the 60th when Meier chased down an Ochs pass, shaking off defender Danijel Pranjic, to slot home.

Van Gaal immediately brought on Robben, just back from injury, and Gomez. The two combined well nine minutes later with Robben tapping in from close range.

Hoffenheim fired three goals past hapless Nuremberg to move into sixth place but troubled VfB Stuttgart sank deeper into trouble when it lost 0-1 at Hanover 96, courtesy of Ivorian Didier Ya Konan.

Stuttgart, one of the pre-season favorites, is in 14th place with only eight points.


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