Germany striker Miroslav Klose warmed up for tomorrow’s friendly against Norway with two late goals that put Bayern Munich second in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
After Dortmund striker Nelson Valdez had given Dortmund an early lead at Munich’s Allianz Arena, Ze Roberto equalized for Bayern before Klose, the top scorer at the 2006 World Cup, popped up with his match-winning contribution.
The three points lifted Bayern from fourth to second in the league, leaving them just a point behind leaders Hoffenheim.
“It was good to get the two goals, but it was more important for us to get the win after the defeat by Hamburg last time out,” said Klose referring to Bayern’s 1-0 defeat 10 days previously. “I was unlucky with a few of the chances I had here, but I kept my belief and I was rewarded for my patience.”
Bayern were behind after only two minutes when Valdez pounced on a mistake in the Bayern defense when a slip by defender Martin Demichelis allowed the Paraguayan to unleash his shot from 18m past Michael Rensing.
But Bayern were behind for only 22 minutes as Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller made a hash of dealing with a Franck Ribery cross and Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto stabbed the ball home.
It was 1-1 at half-time and Dortmund’s Florian Kringe went close with a header midway through the second period.
But with less than three minutes left of normal time, Klose volleyed home from close range and when French midfielder Ribery went on a trademark run in injury time, Klose was on hand to accept the pass and fire home again.
The defeat leaves Dortmund ninth in the league, while Energie Cottbus are up to 15th in the table after their 3-1 win over Hanover.