Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery was attacked by a scarf-wielding pitch invader during the closing stages of last night's 3-1 victory over Hamburg in the DFB-Pokal second round clash.
The 31-year-old scored his third goal of the season with a deflected effort from the edge of the box early in the second half to ensure Pep Guardiola's side progressed to the last 16 of the competition.
However, his night was marred by the incident featuring a clearly irate opposition supporter, who managed to work his way onto the pitch at the HSH Nordbank Arena unchallenged and confront the Frenchman in what looked like an angry altercation.
"It was a difficult situation, I didn't see him coming."
Speaking after the game, Ribery played down the episode, choosing instead to focus on the positives that confirmed Bayern's place in the next stage of the competition, and provided the Bavarian club with a confidence boost ahead of this weekend's Bundesliga clash against Borussia Dortmund.
"Fortunately, nothing much happened," the attacking midfielder is quoted by the Daily Mail, telling German television. "It was a difficult situation, I didn't see him coming."
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The victory couldn't have come at a better time after last Sunday's disappointing goalless league draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, but if Wednesday's performance is anything to go by then Guardiola's men will be ready for the challenge that awaits them when Jurgen Klopp's side arrive at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba gave the visitors a two-goal lead thanks to some poor Hamburg defending and a questionable refereeing decision, and Ribery added a third before Pierre-Michel Lasogga's late consolation for Josef Zinnbauer's team.
Unbeaten run continues
Bayern are still unbeaten both domestically and in Europe this term, while Dortmund, by comparison, have made a disastrous start to the 2014/15 campaign, having won just two of their opening nine league games and currently sit in 15th place in the table.
A run of five consecutive league defeats has heaped pressure on Klopp, and although his position at Signal Iduna Park is not believed to be under threat, a heavy defeat against their rivals this weekend is the last thing that the likeable German coach needs.
Still, it promises to be an entertaining encounter whatever the result, and Ribery will be hoping to make a significant impact as he continues working his way back to full fitness following a lengthy injury lay-off last season.
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