Wolfsburg & Bayern hit trips to stay at the Bundesliga summit; Hertha win to stay a point off the pace

Wolfsburg 3 – Borussia Dortmund 0 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) First place Wolfsburg hosted seven-wins-on-the-spin Borussia, and the hosts broke the deadlock when clever link-up play between Grafite and Josue fed Edin Dzeko, who had little trouble finishing. Wolfsburg’s deadly front two combined to add a second at the start of the second half, Dzeko played a slick ball through to Grafite who coolly fired home a first time shot. Kevin-Prince Boateng saw red 15 minutes from time, before more good work from Grafite left two defenders for dead, with Edin Dzeko having enough time to slip and get back up before slotting in the third.

Bayern Munich 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 0 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) After a goalless first half, Bayern raced out the traps after the break with Luca Toni scoring in the 47th minute after a well-constructed attack down the left. Podolski, down the left, was also responsible for teeing up the second just before the hour mark with Franck Ribery crashing a shot off the underside of the bar. Leverkusen were put to bed by Lukas Podolski, who profitted from a counter-attack lead by Schweinsteiger.

Karlsruhe 2 – Hannover 3 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) Rock-bottom Karlsruhe took an 11th minute lead against Hannover, Alexander Iashvili met a dipping ball in the box to volley home. The hosts then had more reason to celebrate when poor defending from the visitors saw them lose possession in the danger area, Lars Stindl eventually seeing his sht deflect home. But having opened up a lead, Karlsruhe blew in just before the interval, Sergio Pinto tame shot slipped horribly through keeper Markus Miller’s hands. The home defence was then prised open on the whistle, Mikael Forssell equalising on the stroke of halftime.The turnaround was completed in the 64th minute, a series of one-two saw Hanno Balitsch run clean through and finish with aplomb.

Cologne 1 – Hertha Berlin 2 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) Hertha’s title challenge saw them travel to Cologne, and the visitors took the lead in the 42nd minute after Cicero swept home the opener after excellent work from Pantelic down the left. A freak deflection off a Patrick Ebert strike saw the ball loop over the home keeper. Adil Chihi’s 90th minute consolation was too little, too late.