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Van Bommel leads, inspires and scores

Mark van Bommel’s weekend began with a trophy ceremony of sorts. When the Bayern skipper collected his son Thomas from Friday evening football practice, the youngster emerged with a large silver cup which he and his youth team had won at an indoor tournament. Papa Mark’s role was to help transport the trophy home, an event which turned out a good omen for the Bundesliga weekend.

In Bayern’s hard-earned 3-1 victory over an extremely good Borussia Dortmund side, Van Bommel and keeper Jörg Butt shone for the home team. The 32-year-old club captain struck his first goal of the season to level the scores at 1-1 after Mohamed Zidan had fired the visitors into an early lead.

“You always need a bit of luck. The shot was deflected, which always makes it hard for the keeper. He might have saved it otherwise,” commented Van Bommel. “I don’t score very often, but it’s always at the right time,” he continued with a grin. Mark’s 11th goal in his 99th German top flight appearance was also a club milestone, as it was Bayern’s 100th goal at home to BVB.