Bayern Munich 5 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Bayern’s domestic crisis continued early doors against Hannover as the visitors took the lead with a brilliant goal from Jiri Stajner as his first touch, wide on the left, left Lucio flat on his backside before curling a beauty past Rensing. Bayern drew level soon after when Daniel van Buyten’s recent goalscoring exploits continued with a header from a Schweinsteiger free-kick. And the comeback was complete four minutes later when Miroslav Klose converted a second Schweinsteiger set-play. Hamit Altintop then stroked home the third as Bayern looked to run riot. (First half highlights here.) After the break Lukas Podolski got in on the act bagged a header from Ze Roberto’s cross, with Martin Demichelis bagging a late fifth as Bayern toyed with their opponents.
Stuttgart 2 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Elson fired Stuttgart into a 10th minute lead over Borussia Dortmund with a free-kick that ghosted into the far corner. Nelson Valdez pulled Dortmund level in the 52nd minute but the parity was only short-lived as Mario Gomez fired Stuttgart back into the lead.
Energie Cottbus 1 – Hertha Berlin 3 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Hertha keeper Jaroslav Drobny was left with egg smeared over his face when he allowed Cagdas Atan’s 20-yard free-kick to squeeze through his legs and over the line. But Hertha had a secret goalscoring weapon, Andriy Voronin, and the on-loan Liverpool chalked up yet another goal with a 33rd minute header. Voronin bagged his second with a tap-in on the stroke of halftime to complete the turnaround. In the final minutes Andriy Voronin netted his hat-trick, weaving past two defenders and his way to goal, to clam yet another impressive win for the unlikely pace-setters.
Hoffenheim 0 – Werder Bremen 0 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Hoffenheim’s season continued to stall against Bremen, the Village Team have now drawn three and lost one of their last four matches in the Bundesliga.
Monchengladbach 4 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Rob Friend’s back post volley put Gladbach ahead over Hamburg but the visitors levelled through Mladen Petric. But Glabdach went into the break 2-1 up after Tobias Levels scored a rare goal after playing an inadvertent one-two with Hamburg’s centre-half Joris Mathijsen. Roel Brouwers added the hosts’ third early in the second half and then battering was further by Marko Marin’s fourth from the spot.
Wolfburg 1 – Karlsruhe 0 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Wolfburg’s goalscoring machine Edin Dzeko (6 goals in his last 5 games) put the dark horses in the title race into a 38th minute lead against Karlsruhe.