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Nine-goal Bayern close in on title

Published: Saturday 30 March 2013, 20.20CET
A relentless FC Bayern München overwhelmed Hamburger SV 9-2, though must wait to clinch the Bundesliga title as Borussia Dortmund, 20 points behind, beat ten-man VfB Stuttgart 2-1.

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Published: Saturday 30 March 2013, 20.20CET

Nine-goal Bayern close in on title

A relentless FC Bayern München overwhelmed Hamburger SV 9-2, though must wait to clinch the Bundesliga title as Borussia Dortmund, 20 points behind, beat ten-man VfB Stuttgart 2-1.

FC Bayern München are edging nearer to a 23rd Bundesliga title following a devastating 9-2 victory over Hamburger SV.

Indeed, had two-time defending champions Borussia Dortmund not won 2-1 away against ten-man VfB Stuttgart, Bayern would have sealed the crown with seven fixtures remaining. Twenty points adrift of Bayern at the summit, Dortmund were not ready to surrender the title just yet, and took the lead in Stuttgart through Łukasz Piszczek's header. Alexandru Maxim equalised, shortly before Stuttgart lost Georg Niedermaier to a second yellow card, and Robert Lewandowski struck for his ninth game running late on.

Bayern's win was much more straightforward, once Xherdan Shaquiri's low rocket had put them into a fifth-minute lead. Bastian Schweinsteiger headed another before Bayern surged. An Arjen Robben double and four for Claudio Pizarro blew the visitors away, and Franck Ribéry also claimed his 50th league goal in Bayern colours.

Jupp Heynckes, the Bayern coach, said: "You can see the players are enjoying their football, the movement is very good, and the passing too. We played our way out of our opponents' pressing game very well. It was important for our confidence today. We played textbook football at times, and that's basically what we have to do on Tuesday [against Juventus]."

In the pick of games elsewhere, Stefan Kiessling and André Schürrle each hit two as Bayer 04 Leverkusen beat Fortuna Düsseldorf to consolidate third, while FC Schalke 04 rose to third after three goals in the last 18 minutes sank TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.20CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/04/2013 13:06 CET

30/03/2013

BayernBayern9-2HamburgHamburg

Shaqiri 5, Schweinsteiger 19, Pizarro 30, 45, 53, 68, Robben 33, 54, Ribéry 76

Bruma 75, Westermann 86

Venue: München

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SchalkeSchalke3-0HoffenheimHoffenheim

Höger 71, Raffael 79, Pukki 83

Venue: Gelsenkirchen

30/03/2013

AugsburgAugsburg0-2HannoverHannover

Rausch 61, 90+1

Venue: Augsburg

30/03/2013

MainzMainz1-1BremenBremen

Szalai 1

Hunt 69

Venue: Mainz

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StuttgartStuttgart1-2DortmundDortmund

Maxim 63

Piszczek 29, Lewandowski 82

Venue: Stuttgart

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DüsseldorfDüsseldorf1-4LeverkusenLeverkusen

Schwaab 41 (o.g.)

Kiessling 22 (P), 88, Schürrle 62, 84

Venue: Dusseldorf

30/03/2013

FreiburgFreiburg2-0MönchengladbachMönchengladbach

Kruse 69, 90+2

Venue: Freiburg

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