Bundesliga: Ribery, Toni see Bayern to victory

February 2, 2008

BERLIN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Goals by Franck Ribery and Luca Toni gave leaders Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at Hansa Rostock on Friday in the first Bundesliga match after the mid-season break.

The result took Bayern three points ahead of second-placed Werder Bremen with 39 points from 18 matches. Werder are not in action until Sunday, when they host Bochum.

Bayern, who warmed up for the match with a 5-2 Cup win at Wuppertal in midweek, were quickly on the attack and went ahead in the 10th minute when France midfielder Ribery supplied a deft finish to Ze Roberto's cross.

After a number of near misses, Italy striker Toni doubled the lead just before the break when he swept the ball in from 10 metres for his 10th league goal of the season, putting him top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.

Enrico Kern pulled one back for Rostock in the 52nd minute, following up after Oliver Kahn saved his original shot and the rebound struck the bar.

Although that was careless from Bayern -- and Kahn looked suitably furious with his defenders for their failure to clear -- Ottmar Hitzfeld's side came through a nervous spell to regain control and their victory was scarcely in doubt.

Hamburg SV, who are in third place now seven behind the leaders, will try to cut that deficit to four with a victory at home to Hanover 96 in one of six matches on Saturday.