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Klose scores 1st goal in more than 3 months to give Bayern 1-0 win over Schalke

Klose scores 1st goal in more than 3 months to give Bayern 1-0 win over Schalke

Miroslav Klose's first goal since November gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
As Klose ran toward the goal mouth just ahead of three defenders, Franck Ribery's pass allowed the Germany forward to score his first goal since Nov. 24 and give Bayern its first win at Schalke in 10 years.
Bayern leads the standings with 47, four ahead of second-place Werder Bremen, which beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0. Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg are next on 38. Both teams play Sunday.
In other results, it was: Hannover 2, Nuremberg 1; Rostock 1, Bielefeld 1; and Karlsruher SC 3, Wolfsburg 1. Energie Cottbus' game against VfB Stuttgart was postponed due to heavy storms.
Bayern has only conceded 11 goals in 22 matches and is on track to break the German league record.
"It was typical of our away matches. We were very disciplined," Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said. "As I've said, at the moment we are playing very close to our best."
Schalke's third straight loss left it 12 points behind Bayern in sixth place and in danger of missing out on a Champions League berth. It has also jeopardized coach Mirko Slomka's job.
Slomka will meet with officials Monday to discuss his future after management had speculated last week that the club might try to sign a high-profile European coach to replace him.
"It's too much _ it makes the team insecure, not just me," Slomka said of the public statements. "I can't say anything about my future. Only the team can influence that with good performances."
Bayern could have scored more goals. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved with one hand an attempt by Luca Toni, while Klose just shot wide of the left post after intercepting a weak back pass.
Bremen kept pace with Bayern despite missing several players. Diego was suspended, while the long injury list is led by Torsten Frings and Tim Borowski.
But the Bundesliga's highest-scoring team had a 10-1 advantage in goal attempts even before forward Markus Rosenberg scored in the 44th and 63rd minutes.
Rosenberg spun around Dortmund's Antonio Rukavina to back-heel the first goal from close range. On the second, he rifled a low shot inside the left post despite being surrounded by four defenders.
"It feels good to score these goals at such an important part in the championship," Rosenberg said. "We don't want Bayern to win, but all we can do is get three points ourselves."
On Friday, Hertha Berlin beat MSV Duisburg 2-0.


Updated : 2021-05-14 21:49 GMT+08:00