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Bundesliga Tuesday Round-Up: Big Three All Win

Bayern Munich 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen

VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

1.FC Koeln 1-2 Hertha Berlin

Karlsruhe 2-3 Hannover    

Bayern Munich 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen  

Bayern triumphed against a disappointing Leverkusen outfit and have kept up the pressure on leaders Wolfsburg.   

Ninety-five seconds into the second-half and all the nerves inside the Allianz Arena were settled as Luca Toni gave them the lead. Franck Ribery forced the pace sent Lukas Podolski down the left. His ball reached Toni, and although his control wasn’t perfect, it was enough to beat both Michael Kadlec and Manuel Friedrich and the Italian then slotted the ball past Rene Adler.  

Adler then pulled off two fantastic saves, but he was powerless to stop Bayern on 59 minutes as the Bavarians went 2-0 up. 

The home side counterattacked with Ribery and Podolski and when the forward got to the byline, his cut-back was slotted home by the Frenchman to put Bayern firmly in control.   

Lukas Podolski was rewarded for his impressive showing on 71 minutes when some disastrous defending from Leverkusen handed Bayern a third goal. 

Bayern attacked with four against one with Schweinsteiger the provider.  He picked out Podolski in the centre with poor Gonzalo Castro trying to mark three players by himself.     

VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 Borussia Dortmund  

Leaders Wolfsburg bounced back well from their weekend defeat at Stuttgart by ending Borussia Dortmund’s winning streak at the Volkswagen Arena.   

Despite Dortmund enjoying the better of the opening exchanges, it was Wolfsburg who opened the scoring after 16 minutes. Grafite flicked the ball to captain Josue, who passed the ball into the penalty area for Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian found himself clean through on Roman Weidenfeller and he kept his cool to score with Patrick Owomoyela calling for offside.   

Two minutes into the second-half and the home side doubled their lead with Owomoyela gifting the Wolves a second goal. His header back to Neven Subotic was weak and Dzeko latched onto it before squaring to Grafite who left Roman Weidenfeller with no chance to score his 24th of the season.   

With goals potentially vital at the end of the season, Wolfsburg did themselves a favour by scoring a third before the end of the evening.  Five minutes before the final whistle, Grafite danced through the Dortmund defence and saw Dede half clear his ball into the middle.  Edin Dzeko though was on hand to put the ball away and make it 3-0. 

1.FC Koeln 1-2 Hertha Berlin  

Hertha Berlin have made sure that they too must be considered a title contender with a 2-1 away win over Koeln at the Rhein-Energie Stadion.   

It was the away side who opened the lead but the goal didn’t arrive until three minutes before the half-time interval. Marko Pantelic left Kevin McKenna standing with his pace before cutting the ball back to Brazilian midfielder Cicero. His precise shot nestled in the right-hand corner to put the ‘Old Lady’ ahead.   

Hertha made it 2-0 on 53 minutes through Patrick Ebert. Minutes after Sanou had failed with an ambitious lob, Ebert bettered him by scoring from 25 metres out.   

Koeln pulled back a very late consolation goal when Adil Chihi scored in the 90th minute, but it proved too little, too late for Christoph Daum’s side.

Karlsruhe 2-3 Hannover  

Bottom side Karlsruhe let slip a 2-0 lead at home to Hannover, who staged a glorious comeback to secure only their second away win of the season. KSC now look doomed to the dreaded drop.   

Karlsruhe drew first-blood in the must-win game in the 11th minute.  Andreas Goerlitz crossed the ball into the middle, where Hannover’s Sergio Pinto headed the ball down to the feet of Alexander Iashvili. The Georgian was grateful and fired in from 14 metres out.  

The home side doubled their lead on 32 minutes with midfielder Lars Stindl on target. Joshua Kennedy robbed the ball from Sergio Pinto near the corner flag before laying the ball back to Christian Eichner. He got into the penalty area before spotting Stindl. His shot took a slight deflection on it’s way into the net.   

However, two goals before half-time brought Hannover level. Three minutes before the break Sergio Pinto, who had looked poor for the two KSC goals, tried his luck from distance and his shot beat Markus Miller.   

Then in the final minute of the half, Pinto once again was involved in the equaliser. The Portuguese midfielder set up Jacek Krzynowek with a great opportunity, and when the Pole rounded the keeper, his ball into the middle was tapped in by Mikael Forssell from short range.   

The visitors completed their comeback from being 2-0 down on 64 minutes with Hanno Balitsch on target. Pinto, Balitsch and Arnold Bruggink combined well to slice open Karlsruhe and the Dutch midfielder converted from 11 metres out to put the Niedersachsen side ahead for the first time.    

Mathew Burt, Goal.com