Hoping to stake their claim as the best team in Bundesliga once again, Bayern Munich managed to edge Bayer Leverkusen, 1-0, in league competition, as Franck Ribery scored his 100th career goal with his current side to snag three points.
The midfielder’s tally also marks the highest goal total of any French player in the Bundesliga.
With Bayern remain unbeaten in 18 league games with a tenth straight home win, Ribery noted that the match itself was significant at this juncture in season, making certain to not hold an emphasis on his new career accolade.
“It was a very important win in a tough game,” he said to the team’s website.
“Leverkusen are a good team. It’s too bad that we didn’t get a second goal. My 100th goal is good for me personally but above all, the team is very important.
“We still have four games ahead of us in 2014 and we want to win them all.”
After a corner kick whipped into the penalty area, Ribery corralled a ball off striker Robert Lewandowski and fired a 15-yard volley that zipped into the back of the net. Bayern controlled the game by holding a huge majority of possession (65 percent) in classic Pep Guardiola fashion, but the amount of scoring chances didn’t reflect this domination.
This result now has the Bayern seven points ahead of second-place Wolfsburg, and Leverkusen falls from the third to fifth in the league table.