Bayern cruise, Schalke win

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich produced a 9-2 annihilation of

Hamburg on Saturday, while Schalke eased past Hoffenheim 3-0.

Claudio Pizarro with four, Arjen Robben twice, Xherdan Shaqiri,

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery all scored for Bayern who

led 5-0 at the break and refused to let up.

They did it all without leading scorer Mario Mandzukic, who was

left on the bench ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final

meeting with Juventus.

Hamburg’s goals, from Jeffrey Bruma and Heiko Westermann, made

it 8-1 and then 9-2 and did nothing to ease the misery.

The win moved Bayern 20 points clear of Borussia Dortmund with

seven games to go and victory at Eintracht Frankfurt next Saturday

will wrap up the title.

Dortmund kept Bayern waiting for another week at least by

winning 2-1 at Stuttgart.

Lukasz Piszczek gave Dortmund the lead in the 29th minute, but

Alexandru Maxim’s first Bundesliga goal brought the Swabians level

before a red card to Georg Niedermeier tipped the scales back in

Dortmund’s favour.

Robert Lewandowski grabbed the winner eight minutes from


Bayer Leverkusen kept a strong hold on third with a 4-1 win at

Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Two goals apiece for Stefan Kiessling and Andre Schurrle ensured

Leverkusen maintained a six-point cushion over Schalke.

The fifth goal in the game also came from a visiting player,

Daniel Schwaab’s own goal all Fortuna had to show for their


Schalke scored three times in the final 20 minutes to beat

relegation-threatened Hoffenheim 3-0.

Marco Hoger broke the deadlock in the 71st minute before two

substitutes, Raffael and Teemu Pukki, wrapped up the victory.

Mainz dropped three points behind Schalke as they had to settle

for a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen, despite going ahead after 12


Adam Szalai gave Mainz a flying start, but Aaron Hunt earned

Bremen a point.

Max Kruse scored twice as Freiburg moved ahead of Borussia

Monchengladbach in the race for Europa League qualification with

a 2-0 win.

Third-bottom Augsburg failed to improve their chances of

avoiding the drop as they lost 2-0 at home to Hannover.

Konstantin Rausch scored both goals in the second half.