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Super sub Ribéry’s decisive contribution

Franck Ribéry spent a frustrating hour watching the action in Cottbus from the bench on Saturday – but Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes opted to pull his ace from the pack at just the right moment. “The game turned on Franck’s runs down the wing,” commented general manager Uli Hoeneß, hailing the France star as the decisive man in Munich’s 3-1 win away to Energie Cottbus.

Energie boss Bojan Prasnikar took a similar view of Ribéry’s introduction on 56 minutes with the score still 1-1. “He was unbelievably fresh, he made space for himself, and he was excellent on the break. He’s one of the best players in Germany, and probably in the world,” the Slovenian coach said admiringly. “It was all a lot better after he came on,” agreed Hoeneß on reviewing Ribéry’s 50th Bundesliga appearance.