Bayern smash seven past sorry Hannover; Schalke beat Gladbach; Bremen hit four at Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich 7 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) From a short Ribery corner after 20 minutes, a fine left-wing cross was whipped into the Hannover box and Ivica Olic was on hand to head in Bayern’s opener. Before the half hour in was 2-nil Bayern as Arjen Robben was freed down the right hand side and the Dutchman finished with a sublime chip over the keeper. Bayern’s first half dominance against strugglers Hannover was capped when Thomas Muller added a third before the interval. The degree of Hannover’s humiliation was the only question left to be asked at the start of the second half as Ivica Olic and Arjen Robben both claimed their seconds of the game to put Munich 5-up. Thomas Muller made it a hat-trick of braces in the 62nd minute as Bayern ran riot. The match needed a hat-trick hero, and Arjen Robben provided the home fans with a final cheer netting his third at the death.

Schalke 3 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) An Ivan Rakitic thunderbolt in the 9th minute put Schalke in front against Gladbach. But the lead was quickly cancelled out by the visitors as awful defending allowed Raul Bobadilla to outjump two defenders, race onto his own flick-on and round Neuer, before the striker coolly rolled the ball in the net. Jefferson Farfan restored Schalke’s advantage on the stroke of halftime when he mopped up Kuranyi’s saved header from a corner. Immediately after the restart Schalke opened u a 2-goal cushion when Ivan Rakitic netted his second of the game from the spot.

Stuttgart 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Leverkusen took the lead at Stuttgart when leading scorer Stefan Kiessling received the ball in the inside right channel and steered his shot into the far corner. Bayer had Barnetta sent off for two yellow cards in the 19th minute, and it didn’t take long for Stuttgart to level as Cacau nodded home a left wing cross at the back post. Stuttgart won the match with five minutes remaining when Cacau grabbed his second of the game to become the hero.

Freiburg 2 – Nurnberg 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Nurnberg defender Dominic Maroh got his bearings all wrong during a fourth minute free-kick, heading Freiburg into the lead with an own goal. Woeful Nurnberg defending helped Freiburg double their lead after the break, Papiss Demba Cisse chased down a hopeful punt forward and managed to get past two defenders and the goalie to score. Dominic Maroh tried to redeem himself in the 78th minute when he scored a header from a corner.

Hamburg 0 – Mainz 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Hamburg’s defence were all at sea in the 20th minute at home to Mainz, as the visitors counter-attacked to free Aristide Bance through on goal and, after running 30 yards, the striker found the back of the net.

Wolfsburg 2 – Werder Bremen 4 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Wolfsburg’s serial-goalscorer Edin Dzeko once again showed his worth against Werder as the striker make no mistake when given a sight of goal in the 18th minute. Torsten Frings pulled Bremen level from the spot in the 38th minute, but the Wolves were soon back on top when Grafite scored less than two minutes later from Misimovic’s deflected through-ball. The ding-dong swung back in Werder’s favour at the start of the second half when in-form Claudio Pizarro headed home the equaliser from 10-yards out, and just after the hour Bremen moved in front when Almeida and Torsten Frings combined for the midfielder to notch his second of the game. Hugo Almeida then put Werder 4-2 up fifteen minutes from time when he chested and volleyed a cross home at the back post.