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Late Toni strike earns Bayern a win

A last gasp Luca Toni goal is enough to snatch a 2-1 home win for Bayern Munich over the Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim.

Luca Toni's late goal gave Bayern Munich a much needed victory over Hoffenheim. The two clubs are now on the same amount of points at the top of the Bundesliga.
Luca Toni's late goal gave Bayern Munich a much needed victory over Hoffenheim. The two clubs are now on the same amount of points at the top of the Bundesliga.

MUNICH // Bayern Munich needed a last-gasp Luca Toni goal to snatch a 2-1 home win over the Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim and move level on points at the top. Toni scored from close range following a poor clearance by Andreas Ibertsberger, who laid the ball into the Italy striker's path in the final seconds of time added on. The champions Bayern now have 34 points and trail this season's surprise package Hoffenheim only on goal difference.

It was the Bundesliga top scorer Vedad Ibisevic who struck first for the visitors in the 49th minute, netting his 18th goal in 16 league matches to stun a 69,000 crowd at the Allianz Arena. Ibisevic calmly controlled a Tobias Weis cross in the area, turned and volleyed past Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing. Bayern hit back on the hour to the relief of the home fans when the defender Philipp Lahm fired a deflected shot into the top corner from 17 metres after a fine individual run.

Toni missed a great chance to grab Bayern's second in the 68th minute when his glancing header flew just wide. Hoffenheim could have scored three minutes from time but Rensing did well to block a chip by substitute Sejad Salihovic leaving Toni to grab the winner in the dying seconds. *Reuters