Five-high Wolfsburg win their first Bundesliga championship; Bayern secure second to leave Stuttgart in third

Wolfsburg 5 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In Wolfsburg’s first attack against Werder the Foxes found the back of the net, midfielder magician Zvjezdan Misimovic cracking in the opener after six minutes. Ten minutes later Wolfsburg doubled their advantage when leading Bundesliga scorer Grafite produced a neat flick at the near post from Gentner’s low left-wing cross. The match and championship race appeared to be over after 26 minutes, Grafite raced away down the right before seeing Sebastian Prodl turn his cross into the Bremen net. But, putting a spanner in the works, Bremen pulled a goal back through Juve-bound Diego who jinked his way into the box before slipping a ball in the near post. Wolfsburg restored their 3-goal cushion early in the second half when Grafite headed home a free-kick for the striker’s 28th goal of the season. Wolfsburg claimed their first ever championship with a celebratory fifth scored by their brilliant Bosnian Edin Dzeko. When the final whistle arrived hoards of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate the championship with their idols in fantastic fashion.

Bayern Munich 2 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bayern took the lead over Stuttgart after Franck Ribery linked up with Podolski in the left hand channel before Khalid Boulahrouz eventually got the final touch before the ball trickled over the visitors’ line. From a Ribery pass on the hour, Mark van Bommel slipped the ball between Jens Lehmann’s legs as Bayern looked to cement a second-place finish. Stuttgart came back into the match when a clumsy-looking run from Mario Gomez in the box ended when the striker smashed home a bullet high into the net.

Karlsruhe 4 – Hertha Berlin 0 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) It may not have been pretty, but Sebastian Freis’ scruffy shot just after the half hour handed rock-bottom Karlsruhe a crucial lead over Hertha in their unlikely bid to beat the drop. A Maik Franz header from a corner, five minutes before the break, doubled Karlsruhe’s advantage. Joshua Kennedy met a volley on the stretch to grab the hosts third, and Kennedy made should of the points with a bullet-header from a corner.

Arminia Bielefeld 2 – Hannover 2 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) Arminia’s bid to beat the drop got off to the perfect start against Hannover, Mario Eggimann unfortunate to divert a shot past his own keeper after just three minutes. Matters turned sour for Bielefeld just before the hour mark after Jiri Stajner drew the visitors level with a fine diving header. Arminia’s bubble was burst when Sergio Pinto found the far bottom corner six minutes from time, and although Artur Wichniarek found a last minute equaliser the hosts will be playing Bundesliga II football next season.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Hamburg 3 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) Europa League hopefuls Hamburg took the lead in Frankfurt with a rasping drive from David Jarolim that tore into the near post after 22 minutes. The match burst into life around the hour mark, Ivica Olic doubled Hamburg’s lead only for the hosts to rally immediately first through Alexander Meier and then a fine finish from Caio after a fine attack from Eintracht. Just as it seemed that Hamburg’s season would end is disappointment, Piotr Trochowski popped up with a crashing 90th minute that guarantee’s Martin Jol Europa League football next term.

Monchengladbach 1 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) Borussia Dortmund left Dante unmarked from a corner and they were made to pay when the Gladbach defender headed the hosts into the lead. Slack home defending allow Kuba to steal the ball and level after 64 minutes.

Energie Cottbus 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 0 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) Leverkusen had Arturo Vidal sent off on the stroke of halftime and early in the second half Cottbus took advantage of their numerical superiority when Emil Jula raced through the middle to score. Cottbus went 2-up through Stiven Rivic’s toe-poked effort after 64 minutes, before the game was put to bed when Emil Jula grabbed a cheeky third that left the visitors looking like headless chickens.

Cologne 1 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) An 18th minute header from Diego Klimowicz handed Bochum the lead at Cologne. But the lead lasted just minutes before a shocking own goal from Anthar Yahia drew Cologne level, the Bochum defender incredibly heading a corner into his own net when under no serious pressure.

Schalke 2 – Hoffenheim 3 (Bundesliga, May 23, 2009) Hoffenheim’s Demba Ba converted a cross at the near post as the visitors moved ahead at Schalke. The hosts were back level within minutes thanks to Mladen Krstajic’s header from a corner, and soon the turnaround was completed when Jefferson Farfan tucked home the second from close range. The Village Team equalised with a stunning Carlos Eduardo free-kick after 50 minutes.