Hertha lose their grip at the tolp of the Bundesliga; Dzeko shines as Wolfsburg thrash Bayern; Hamburg edge out Hoffenhiem

Hertha Berlin 1 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, April 4, 2009) Is this the week that the wheels fall off of Hertha’s unlikely title challenge? The league leaders were 1-down after 25 minutes to Dortmund when Alexander Frei, who has been unstoppable of late, collected a ball over the top and fired in the far corner. But something magical is happening at Hertha, and they equalised with an amazing solo goal from Raffael who cut in from the left, weaved past several defenders before coolly slotting home to send the crowd wild. Back came Borussia, Sebastian Kehl leaping high in the Berlin box to score with a header. A fortunate Nelson Valdez strike that went through a defender’s legs found the bottom corner for the visitors’ killer third.

Wolfsburg 5 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, April 4, 2009) High-flying Wolfsburg took a 44th minute lead over Bayern Munich when Christian Gentner headed home at the near post from a corner. With the home crowd still celebrating Bayern hit back, the linesman adjudging Luca Toni’s debatable effort to have wholly crossed the line, ensuring that Klinsmann’s team went into the break level. After the break the amazing Edin Dzeko show got back into full swing, the Bosnian prodding the hosts in front in the 63rd minute before Dzeko grabbed his second beginning and ending a counter-attack (5th goal in 3 games) to open up a 2-goal cushion for Wolfsburg. Bayern were then put to the sword, Grafite making a chump of Breno to sink the fourth before Grafite danced around 3 Bayern defenders and cheekily scoring with his heel to grab a humiliating fifth.

Hamburg 1 – Hoffenhiem 0 (Bundesliga, April 4, 2009) In the top of the table clash between Hamburg (4th) and Hoffenhiem (5th) it was Martin Jol’s team who struck first when Jonathan Pitroipa was freed through the middle and, after riding a couple of challenges, slotting into the empty net.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Energie Cottbus 1 (Bundesliga, April 4, 2009) Eintracht Frankfurt fell behind at home to Cottbus when Dimitar Rangelov scored from the spot. The lead did not last long, Nikos Liberopoulos drawing the hosts level with a spot-kick of their own. Daniel Ziebig, attempting to defend a free-kick, headed the ball into his own net to give the hosts the advantage.

Bochum 1 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, April 4, 2009) Jens Lehmann was left with a tub of egg on his face when the Stuttgart keeper misjudged a Joel Epalle cross, catching the ball over the line to give Bochum a 48th minute lead. With with the sands of time running out the visitors turned the match on its head, Jeronimo Cacau equalising with a header before Serdar Tasci bagged an 89th minute winner from a second set-piece.