Bayern 99.99% win the Bundesliga after Bremen sink Schalke; Leverkusen & Dortmund only pick up draws; Hertha Berlin relegated; Hamburg hit four; Hannover smack six

Bayern Munich 3 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Bochum’s defence was breached after 17 minutes at the Allainz Arena as Lahm whipped in a cross from the right and Thomas Muller chested the ball over the line for the Champions League finalists, Bayern. Minutes later Bayern established a 2-nil lead as Ribery volleyed a crossed back into the box from the left and Thomas Muller was again in the right place to head in number two. Bayern killed the match with a third midway through the second half as Thomas Muller stole the headlines with his hat-trick goal. A brilliant free-kick from Christian Fuchs late on proved mere consolation for Bochum.

Schalke 0 – Werder Bremen 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) After a goalless first half (highlights here) between Schalke and Werder Bremen, Felix Magath saw his second place side lose the Bundesliga championship early in the second half when Mesut Ozil weaved his way through the home defence to curl in a 55th minute opener. Soon after Hugo Almeida netted a killer second to torpedo the hosts’ title dreams.

Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Against the form book, lowly Hertha Berlin struck first at Bayer Leverkusen when Raffael volleyed home a beauty from the edge of the box. Manuel Friedrich’s header on the hour brought Bayer back on a level footing.

Hamburg 4 – Nurnberg 0 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Licking their Fulham wounds, Jonathan Pitroipa put Hamburg in a 10th minute lead over relegation strugglers Nurnberg. Mladen Petric sidefooted Hamburg into a 2-nil after 20 minutes and Petric closed out a one-sided first half with a third for the hosts. Ruud van Nistelrooy wrapped up the points with a fourth in the second half.

Hannover 6 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) After Karim Haggui had headed Hannover into a 15th minute lead over Gladbach the floodgates opened in the first half as Sergio Pinto, Didier Ya Konan and Mike Hanke all got on the scoresheet in the opening 45. Gladbach’s humiliation grew when Sofien Chahed added a fifth early in the second half, Patrick Herrmann got the visitors on the scoreboard, before Arnold Jan Bruggink sealed an emphatic home win with a sixth.

FC Cologne 2 – Freiburg 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Manchester United’s loanee Zoran Tosic hit a sweet left-footed shot to fire Cologne into the lead over Freiburg, but the visitors hit back through Mohamadou Idrissou on the half hour. Idrissou fired Freiburg ahead in the second half with a low left-footed drive from 20-yards. Sebastian Freis earned a point for Cologne converting a corner at the near post.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Hoffenheim 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Pirmin Schwegler fired Frankfurt into a 20th minute lead over Hoffenheim. Prince Tagoe came off the bench to level 10 minutes from time and Tagoe grabbed the winner two minutes from the end.

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Borussia had a great chance to take the lead in the first half when they won a penalty but Nuri Sahin saw his spot-kick superbly turned aside. Edin Dzeko put last year’s champions in the lead with a cheeky backheel in the second half, but Dortmund salvaged a point through Marco Stiepermann’s left-footed drive.

Stuttgart 2 – Mainz 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Malik Fathi and Andre Schurrle scored on 53 and 64 minutes respectively for Mainz before Ciprian Marica struck on 72 and 74 minutes for Stuttgart.