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Bayern bring up a point of order; EUROPEAN ROUND-UP.

Byline: KEN REYNOLDS

BAYERN MUNICH battled back to the top of the Bundesliga with an epic 2-1 win at Schalke.

The Bavarians scored twice in a minute then hung on to go a point clear at the top, despite having Turk Hamit Altintop sent off in the 41st minute.

Bayern take a 2-1 lead to Old Trafford for Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal, second leg and president Uli Hoeness insisted: "We have the wind in our sails for the United game."

Hoeness also taunted Schalke, saying: "What really makes you a good team is when you show in the battle of the giants what you are capable of.

"We are by far and away the best team in Germany and when it comes down to it, we are simply better than the others.

"I am sorry for them. Schalke saw here that they are not allowed to become German champions." Hoeness added: "If we remain clever and humble, then this could be a beautiful year for us."

Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller scored for Bayern, Kevin Kuranyi replying. Schalke had Marcelo Bordon sent off.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said: "We didn't give them a chance in the second half. We still have a chance in three competitions, that is unbelievable."

Real Madrid went back to the top of La Liga on goal difference from Barcelona with a 2-0 win at Racing Santander. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain were on target. The title contenders meet at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

In Holland, Toby Alderweireld smashed an injury-time 20-yard winner as Ajax won at Den Haag.

They trail leaders FC Twente by four points, with PSV a point further adrift after winning at Willem II.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2010
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