Ribery scores on return


BERLIN, February 11 – France star Franck Ribery made an immediate impact on his first start for Bayern Munich in more than four months on Wednesday as he scored in their 6-2 German Cup quarter-final win over FurthThe 26-year-old attacking midfielder, who had been out with knee tendinitis, was in sparkling form and set up Thomas Mueller for Bayern’s first – the young German star was to score another eight minutes from time – in the fifth minute before scoring himself in the 61st minute.

Despite the final scoreline Bayern were not at their best in the first half, with their second-division opponents drawing level and then taking a shock lead in the 40th minute.

However, Dutch international Arjen Robben put the German giants on level terms in the 58th minute before Ribery’s goal finally extinguished their brave challenge.

Another second division side, Augsburg, did upset top-flight opposition on Wednesday as they beat Cologne 2-0, but Schalke’s former German international striker Kevin Kuranyi made sure there was not a shock in his side’s match as his goal was enough to see off third division Osnabruck.

Holders Werder Bremen qualified for the semi-finals on Tuesday when they beat Hoffenheim 2-1.