Bayern Munich close in on leaders

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27 October 2004 , HAMBURG - Claudio Pizarro scored both goals as Bayern Munich defeated Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 and moved within one point of the top on Tuesday night. The Peruvian striker was on target in the 24th and 45th in a Bundesliga Munich dominated throughout in front of a 37,000-strong crowd. "I played a good match but most important were the three points," said Pizarro. Wolfsburg midfielder Pablo Thiam said: "These are games we have to learn from. We lacked confidence in the first ha

27 October 2004

HAMBURG - Claudio Pizarro scored both goals as Bayern Munich defeated Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 and moved within one point of the top on Tuesday night.

The Peruvian striker was on target in the 24th and 45th in a Bundesliga Munich dominated throughout in front of a 37,000-strong crowd.

"I played a good match but most important were the three points," said Pizarro.

Wolfsburg midfielder Pablo Thiam said: "These are games we have to learn from. We lacked confidence in the first half."

Wolfsburg kept first place, though, for at least 24 hours with 21 points.

VfB Stuttgart and Munich have 20 each, but Stuttgart will move back on top if they draw or win against champions Werder Bremen in another showcase match on Wednesday.

In other action Tuesday, Hanover 96 improved to fourth place on 17 points with their fourth straight win, 3-1 over bottom club Kaiserslautern.

Borussia Dortmund got their second season win, 1-0 at Hertha Berlin, and so did VfL Bochum in their 1,000th Bundesliga match, 3-0 against 10-man Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Munich, meanwhile, maintained their unbeaten home record against Wolfsburg even though Michael Ballack and Ze Roberto were sidelined with injuries.

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch deflected an early shot from Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger against the crossbar.

But he was beaten for the first time in the 24th when Schweinsteiger fed Pizarro, who scored his first goal of the season with a low shot from 14 metres.

Munich then went 2-0 up seconds before halftime when Pizarro tapped in a sharp freekick cross from England's Owen Hardgreaves.

Pizarro was denied a hat-trick by the left post in the 54th with Wolfsburg's most notable chance coming a minute later from Diego Klimowicz.

Dortmund, meanwhile, won their first match since the August 8 season-opener from Jan Koller's 44th-minute header after nice work from Florian Kringe on the right wing in Berlin.

By that time former Dortmund player Fredi Bobic was denied twice by the crossbar and Hertha were also unlucky when Marcelinho hit the crossbar. Kringe later also fired against the post for Dortmund.

Bochum got a lifeline after four straight defeats and six winless games with their win over Moenchengladbach.

Christoph Preuss opened the scoring in the 54th after shaking off two defenders, with captain Darius Wosz and Peter Madsen wrapping up matters in the closing stages against Moenchengladbach, whose captain Jeff Strasser was ejected for a second bookable offence on the hour.

The days of Kaiserslautern coach Kurt Jara may be numbered after they wasted a 1-0 lead from Ioannis Amanatidis in Hanover.

The hosts turned around the match from Michael Tarnat's 33rd- minute header and Jiri Stajner's double, a low shot off a quickly excuted throw-in in the 67th and another strike in the 86th.

The Wednesday games apart from that in Stuttgart are Bayer Leverkusen vs. Arminia Bielefeld, SV Hamburg vs. Freiburg, Nuremberg vs. Schalke and Mainz 05 vs. Hansa Rostock.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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