Majestic Bayern hit Hamburg for NINE to continue Bundesliga title procession
20:51 GMT, 30 March 2013
20:51 GMT, 30 March 2013
Brutal Bayern Munich produced a nine-goal annihilation of Hamburg to move to within one win of wrapping up the Bundesliga title.
Bayern smashed their opponents 9-2 at the Allianz Arena with Claudio Pizarro scoring four times and Arjen Robben twice.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery were also on target for the rampant hosts, who led 5-0 at the break and refused to let up.
Four-some: Claudio Pizarro (centre) netted four times for the soon-to-be German champions
Sensational: Bayern dismantled their opponents with ease during tonight's nine goal drubbing
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 time.
Bayer Leverkusen kept a strong hold on third with a 4-1 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
How many Arjen Robben (right) scored two of the nine goals
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 efforts.
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 seconds.
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.