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Bayern Munich defends top position at German Bundesliga

(Xinhua)

13:05, January 29, 2012

BERLIN, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- German record champions Bayern Munich craved out an unspectacular 2-0 win over Wolfsburg to defend top position at the Bundesliga standings against defending champion Dortmund that humbled Hoffenheim 3-1 owing a brace by midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Saturday.

The Bavarians were under pressure as they had to maintain their chances to remain the lead of the division as they were equal on points with Dortmund and Schalke.

Thus, Bayern started with offensively minded against passive Wolfsburg that had no problems to sustain unimaginative Bayern actions throughout the first half.

It was then Bayern top striker Mario Gomez who seized the initiative at the 60th minute after a set by piece situation to open the scoring after he poked home a free kick, from very close range with a follow op shot. It is the 17th goal of the Bundesliga top score Mario Gomez who extends the gap to his opponents.

Just before end of the match Dutchmen midfielder Arjen Robben deflected a clearance attempt into the goal of the "Wolves" to seal the important but unimpressive 2-0 win at out sold Allianz Arena.

Bayern stays on top with 40 points while Wolfsburg remains on 9th position with 23 points.

Defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund earned the first win at Hoffenheim in division history. The "BVB" showed a powerful performance against over challenged and struggling Hoffenheim.

Dortmund midfielder, and Japanese international Shinji Kagwa had all time and space inside penalty area to slot home for the lead at the 16th minute. As Hoffenheim denied to play soccer Dortmund doubled the lead at the 31st minute through midfielder Kevin Groskreutz who exploited a cross unmarked inside penalty area.


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