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Bayern thrashes Hamburg at the Allianz
Munich, Germany (Sports Network) - Bayern Munich may not have won the Bundesliga title on Saturday, but it certainly laid claim to the piece of silverware by earning a resounding 9-2 victory over Hamburg at the Allianz Arena.
Borussia Dortmund claimed a win earlier on Saturday to keep the title race alive in a purely mathematical sense, but Bayern's convincing result in the late kickoff only serves to exhibit its dominance over the rest of the league this term.
Bayern found itself heading into halftime with a five-goal lead as goals from Xherdan Shaqiri, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and two from Claudio Pizarro put the home side firmly in the driver's seat.
The second half was more of the same as Bayern jumped out to an eight-goal advantage thanks to two more goals from Pizarro and another from Robben.
Hamburg spoiled the clean sheet through Jeffrey Bruma's goal in the 75th minute while Franck Ribery pulled one back for Bayern a minute later only for Heiko Westermann to score for Hamburg four minutes from time.
Bayern improves to 72 points to restore its 20-point lead atop the Bundesliga while Hamburg remains on 38 points.
Borussia Dortmund 2, Stuttgart 1
Stuttgart, Germany - Borussia Dortmund maintained its second-place position in the Bundesliga by claiming a 2-1 win over 10-man Stuttgart at the Mercedes Benz Arena on Saturday.
Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek and Stuttgart's Alexandru Maxim exchanged goals in the 29th and 63rd minutes, respectively, but it was Georg Niedermeier's sending off in the 69th minute that turned the match in Dortmund's favor.
The game-winning strike ultimately came eight minutes from time as Robert Lewandowski lifted the club to 52 points on the season.
Stuttgart has lost three of its last four Bundesliga contests to remain on 32 points.
Schalke 3, Hoffenheim 0
Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Schalke scored three goals inside the final 20 minutes of play to claim a 3-0 victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Marco Hoger provided the telling goal by scoring in the 71st minute, but Schalke padded the final scoreline thanks to Raffael Araujo and Teemu Pukki in the 79th and 83rd minutes, respectively.
Schalke remains fourth in Germany's top flight by improving to 48 points while Hoffenheim stays second from bottom on 20 points.
Freiburg 2, Monchengladbach 0
Monchengladbach, Germany - Max Kruse sent his club ahead of Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga table on Saturday as Freiburg claimed a 2-0 win at Mage Solar Stadion.
The match was scoreless until the 69th minute when Kruse got Freiburg in front. He then secured the victory for the home side by completing his brace in stoppage time.
The result sees Freiburg climb to 39 points on the season, one point better than Monchengladbach.
Bayer Leverkusen 4, Dusseldorf 1
Leverkusen, Germany - A pair of braces from Stefan Kiessling and Andre Schurrle helped Bayer Leverkusen undo Dusseldorf and claim a 4-1 win at the Esprit Arena on Saturday.
Kiessling opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute, but an own goal from Daniel Schwaab saw the two sides head into the halftime break level at a goal apiece.
Schurrle scored in the 62nd and 84th minutes to put seal the victory for Leverkusen while Kiessling added another for good measure two minutes from time.
Leverkusen remains third in the table with 48 points while Dusseldorf, winless in its last five Bundesliga outings, stays on 29 points.
Hannover 2, Augsburg 0
Augsburg, Germany - Konstantin Rausch scored twice in the final half-hour to lead Hannover to a 2-0 defeat of Augsburg at the Impuls Arena on Saturday.
Augsburg held the visitors scoreless until Rausch broke the deadlock in the 61st minute. The 23-year-old bagged an insurance goal in stoppage time to help Hannover climb to 37 points.
With two losses from its last three league matches, Augsburg remains on 24 points to stay in the relegation zone.
Mainz 1, Werder Bremen 1
Mainz, Germany - Mainz and Werder Bremen scored on opposite sides of halftime to split the points in a 1-1 draw at the Coface Arena on Saturday.
Adam Szalai got the home side off to great start by scoring in the opening minute, but Aaron Hunt continued his run of fine form by equalizing in the 69th.
It proved to be enough to earn Bremen a share of the spoils as its three straight draws leave the club on 31 points. Mainz, unbeaten in its last seven Bundesliga matches, goes level with Eintracht on 39 points.
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