Stuttgart crush Wolfsburg as the title races narrows once more; Bayern win at Cottbus; Borussia Dortmund cannot stop winning

Stuttgart 4 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) With Wolfsburg having learned that manager Felix Magath will join Schalke next season, third-placed Stuttgart gave league leaders a rude welcome on Saturday. Mario Gomez continuing his recent return to goalscoring form by finding the net with a header after 29 seconds. Matters worsened for the visitors 20 minutes in, Cacau broke the offside trap in the inside left channel before teeing up Mario Gomez for a simple second. Edin Dzeko gave the league leaders some hope before the break, cutting the deficit with a tap-in at the back post after some dodgy keeping from Lehmann. (First half highlights here.) Mario Gomez settled the match in the second-half with his third and fourth goals of the game which now put Stuttgart in the Bundesliga title race.

Energie Cottbus 1 – Bayern Munich 3 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Bayern Munich took the lead at Energie Cottbus through Jose Ermesto Sosa, who volleyed home from close range just after twenty minutes. Ivica Iliev made it one-all just before the break, following up on a saved overhead kick. Just after the hour mark Bayern took control of the game with two goals in four minutes from Martin Demichelis and Lukas Podolski.

Hertha Berlin 2 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Marko Pantelic put Hertha into the lead at home to Bochum, heading home on the end of a lightning breakaway. Raffael made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half.

Hannover 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Hannover took a 9th minute lead over Eintracht Frankfurt, Arnold Jan Bruggink tucked home the opener after an incisive attack form the hosts. Frankfurt equalised before the break through Umit Korkmaz’s header.

Borussia Dortmund 4 – Karlsruher 0 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Jakub Blaszczykowski put Dortmund 1-up at home to Karlsruher in the 25th minute with a cracking right footed volleyed finish. Nuri Sahin made it 2-0 on 62 minutes from a free-kick. Felipe Sentana added a third and Alexander Frei the fourth.

Hoffenheim 2 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Hoffenheim threatened to finally win a Bundesliga match when Sejad Salihovic put them in front just before the hour mark with a fine free-kick at home to Cologne. Demba Ba made it 2-0 minutes later with a cracking volley.