Wolfsburg 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, April 18, 2009) At home to Leverkusen, who made all the early running, Wolfsburg benefited from a controversial penalty decision for a foul on Grafite, with the striker taking personal responsibility to convert from the spot. Leverkusen rallied after the break and netted a deserved equaliser when Bayern-loanee Toni Kroos claimed his first goal for Bayer with a clinical strike from Rolfes pass. For the majority of the second half it appeared the it would be the visitors would would score again, only for Grafite to side-foot in a 82nd winner that suggested that Wolfsburg may well become champions after riding their luck.
Bochum 0 – Borussia Dortmund 2 (Bundesliga, April 18, 2009) Borussia Dortmund continued their recent good fortune at Bochum early doors, Patrick Owomoyela heading home a corner after 11 minutes. Nelson Valdez grabbed a 54th minute second with a stunner, curling an inch-perfect shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Cologne 0 – Stuttgart 3 (Bundesliga, April 18, 2009) Mario Gomez handed Stuttgart a 16th minute lead at Cologne connecting with a Hilbert cross at the near post. Stuttgart doubled their lead in the 55th minute through Mario Gomez’s second after Cacau had done all the hard work beating two defenders and playing in the forward to score into an open net. Mario Gomez wrapped up a personal triumph with his hat-trick goal.
Karlsruhe 2 – Hoffenheim 2 (Bundesliga, April 18, 2009) Looking to recover from a terrible 2009 to-date, Hoffenheim moved ahead when Sejad Salihovic curled in a beauty from outside the box. But the Village Team could not hold onto their lead as Sebastian Freis drew Karlsruher level five minutes later. Back came the visitors at the start of the second half, Selim Teber brilliantly heading home a Salihovic left-wing cross. Again the visitors could not protect their lead, Giovanni Federico equalising with an excellent shot from the edge of the box.
Eintracht Frankfurt 4 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, April 18, 2009) A powerful header from Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier gave the hosts the lead over Gladbach minutes before the interval. Immediately after the restart it was two, Nikos Liberopoulos doubling the lead with a snap-shot just inside the Gladbach box. Filip Daems pulled a goal back from the spot before the hosts put the game to bed with late goals from Marco Russ and Michael Fink.