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Seasoned Van Buyten back in business

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Daniel van Buyten had not clocked up a single playing minute this season, but that all changed 32 minutes into Saturday's home meeting with Frankfurt. All of a sudden, the defender was called into action, with no time to warm up. He pulled on his shirt and was thrust into the fray in place of injury victim Jerome Boateng. “Accelerating from nothing to 100 isn't easy, but experience means you can do it," the 34-year-old said on Sunday.

It was cold on the bench, the Belgian told, “and you're tossed into an end-to-end match. Frankfurt came here determined to win and they were full of running." However, Daniel and company joined forces to more or less stifle the dangerous visitors for the rest of a tight encounter. And Van Buyten so nearly scored a goal of his own. He had a 42nd minute headed effort disallowed for offside, before powering another header just wide of the target in the 68th minute. “Finally posing a threat in the opposing penalty area again has done me good," the player said.