Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern München both secured emphatic wins on Saturday as the race for the 1. Bundesliga title reaches its climax.
Leverkusen hit four
The two UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists took full advantage of playing at home to give their opponents a miserable afternoon. Leverkusen, who meet Liverpool in the last eight of Europe's elite club competition, beat TSV 1860 München 4-0 with Zé Roberto, Diego Placente, Dimitar Berbatov and Yildiray Basturk grabbing the goals.
Bayern make no mistake
Meanwhile, 1860‘s local rivals Bayern woke up from their first half slumber to score three times after the break and clinch a 3-0 win against 1. FC Köln. Giovane Elber spurned a number of scoring opportunities in the opening period but made amends with two goals after the interval. Bayern, seeking a fourth successive Bundesliga title, are still five points behind Leverkusen, but just a point behind second-placed BV Borussia Dortmund are in action on Sunday.
No joy for Kaiserslautern
FC Schalke 04 thrashed 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3-0 as Marc Wilmots, Andreas Moller and Victor Agali all scored. The triumph keeps Schalke in fourth place - level on points with Bayern while Kaiserslautern remain sixth.
Nürnberg nightmare continues
1. FC Nürnberg's situation remains grim after they lost 2-0 at Hertha BSC Berlin. Alex Alves hit the back of the net twice for the winners. FC St Pauli's days in the top flight are also looking numbered after a 2-1 home defeat to VfB Stuttgart. Krassimir Balakov and Sean Dundee scored to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage before Matias Cenci pulled one back for the losers.
Hansa denied at home
Sergej Barbarez's 66th-minute goal denied FC Hansa Rostock maximum points, securing a 1-1 draw for Hamburger SV while VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach got a 79th-minute goal from Arie van Lent in a 1-0 victory at SC Freiburg, leaving their hosts third bottom in the 1. Bundesliga.
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