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Match-winner Van Buyten: I’m feeling really good

After 15 minutes of Bayern’s Champions League opener in Bucharest, Bastian Schweinsteiger swung over a beautifully flighted free-kick to the head of a tall, long-haired team-mate, who glanced a nifty header beyond the keeper and into the far corner. Up the other end, Michael Rensing was absolutely certain the goalscorer must be Luca Toni.

Indeed, the Italian has opened the scoring for Bayern no fewer than 18 times so far, most recently last weekend in Cologne, when he duly headed home a Schweinsteiger set-piece from a not dissimilar position. However, the scorer in the Romanian capital was not Toni, but Daniel van Buyten. “I simply didn’t know that,” Rensing admitted afterwards, “I thought it was Luca’s goal.“ Oliver Kahn’s successor only discovered the match-winner’s true identity back in the dressing room.