Wolfsburg takes 2-point lead into final round of the Bundesliga; Munich’s title dreams hit by a draw; Big wins for Leverkusen & Dortmund

Hannover 0 – Wolfsburg 5 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Is Edin Dzeko the best striker in Europe at present? The serial Wolfsburg goalscorer scored yet another outstanding goal to add to the scrapbook to fire the visitors ahead at Hannover. The Wolves then aimed to kill the game off before halftime, Grafite muscled his way in the box the claim number two before Grafite completed his brace three minutes later to make it 3-nil at the break. After the break, knowing goal difference could potentially be crucial in deciding who will win the league, Edin Dzeko headed home a simple fourth to put the result beyond doubt. Edin Dzeko completed his hat-trick, and the rout, with a header.

Hoffenheim 2 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Franck Ribery scored a rebound from a weak Hildebrandt save to give Bayern lead early lead at Hoffenheim, but the Village Team were soon level, Demba Ba ran in behind the Bayern defence before slotting home the equaliser. And then the hosts turned the match in their favour when Carlos Eduardo was on hand to score after Ba had headed against the post. Bayern levelled before the break after Ribery worked his magic down the left hand side before crossing for Luca Toni to head home.

Stuttgart 2 – Energie Cottbus 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A Thomas Hitzlsperger free-kick missed everyone in the box to nestle in the far corner of the Cottbus net after 19 minutes. Jeronimo Cacau put the game to bed 10 minutes from time.

Hamburg 0 – Cologne 1 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Hamburg got off to a bad start at home to Cologne, Fabrice Ehret striking the visitors ahead after 9 minutes.

Werder Bremen 1 – Karlsruhe 3 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Lars Stindl handed rock-bottom Karlsruhe a surprise lead at Werder with a header on the half hour. Incredibly, Karlsruhe then doubled their advantage with a super second from Lars Stindl, the ball popping up perfectly for the striker to crash home a half-volley into the top corner. An incredible “Great Escape-esque” victory was all but secured by Karlsruhe’s third, Fries teeing up Alexander Iashvili to fire in number three in the 54th minute. Hugo Almedia bagged a consolation for Bremen.

Bochum 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bochum’s Iranian striker Vahid Hashemian scored a back post header against Frankfurt midway through the first half. Terrible Frankfurt defending, the backline unable to clear the ball from the danger area, resulted in Diego Klimowicz adding a second in the 72nd minute.

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Bayer Leverkusen 5 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Gladbach fell behind at Bayer after Stefan Kiessling broke down the right channel, made his way into the box, and fired into the far bottom corner. Patrick Helmes double Leverkusen’s lead with a second from close range just before the break. A well-taken goal, scored with the outside of his boot by Gonzalo Castro, sealed Glabach’s fate in the 68th minute. Galbach’s embarrassment was completed by Michal Kadlec’s fourth and an own-goal from Dante ended the match.

Borussia Dortmund 6 – Arminia Bielefeld 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Sebastian Kehl met a 43rd minute free-kick before the Arminia keeper to hand Borussia a halftime lead. Dortmund doubled their lead minutes after the restart with Tamas Hajnal scoring number two. Nelson Valdez’s third with 20 minutes to go confirmed Dortmund’s eight win in nine matches, Sebastian Kehl completing his brace as Arminia’s relegation looked to be also a certainty. Bayer then chalked up a cricket score, Tinga heading in number five with Mohamed Zidan grabbing number six late on.

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