posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 03:16 PM
Bayern Munich moved closer to the Bundesliga crown with a 3-1 triumph over 10-man Bochum as their principal title rivals faltered once again.
Second-placed Schalke were drubbed 4-1 at Hertha Berlin while Stuttgart only managed a scoreless draw with Wolfsburg. The results meant that Bayern
extended their lead over Schalke to nine points with just four matches to play.
Felix Magath's side could be celebrating as early as next week but one issue was definitively resolved on Saturday was the fate of Freiburg whose
relegation to 2.Bundesliga became a mathematical certainty with a 3-1 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld. Bayern raced into a two-goal lead through Claudio
Pizarro and Michael Ballack whose goal came minutes after Bochum goalkeeper Rein Van Duijnhoven was dismissed for deliberate handball. Filip Tapalovic
pulled one back for Bochum but Roy Makaay added the third for the Bavarians who look set to say farewell to the Olympiastadion with another title
Meanwhile, Schalke were spanked by a Berlin side who are making a late bid for the Champions League. Yildiray Basturk gave Hertha the lead only for
Ebbe Sand to equalise for the team from Gelsenkirchen. The sending-off of Christian Poulsen did not help Schalke's cause and then two goals from
Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho including a penalty and one from his compatriot Nando Rafael settled the match in favour of the capital club.
Stuttgart's draw with Wolfsburg, meanwhile, left Matthias Sammer's club 10 points adrift of Bayern. Freiburg's fate was sealed by a 3-1 defeat at
Arminia Bielefeld. Massimiliano Porcello scored a hat-trick for Bielefeld while Ellery Cairo netted what proved a futile strike for Freiburg.
Borussia Dortmund beat Kaiserslautern 4-2 in a battle between two of Germany's most famous clubs. Halil Altintop put the Red Devils ahead only for
goals from Ewerthon and Sebastian Kehl to give the advantage to Dortmund. Ioannis Amanatidis levelled the score for Lautern but two Jan Koller goals
gave the spoils to Dortmund.
Hamburg drubbed struggling Hansa Rostock 3-0 with goals from Emile Mpenza, Collin Benjamin and Naohiro Takahara.
Mainz did their fight against relegation the power of good with a 2-0 win over Hannover, earned by strikes from Matthias Abel and Fabian Gerber.