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Bayern cuts gap as Hertha stumbles

BUNDESLIGA leader Hertha Berlin lost 0-2 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday to allow defending champion Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg to pull within one point with victories.

Cacau scored in the 47th minute and Sami Khedira doubled the lead four minutes later to give Stuttgart the win.

"We didn't do enough for the victory today and I don't know why not," Berlin manager Dieter Hoeness said. "They did a lot more than us and deserved the win."

Bayern, meanwhile, struggled past last-place Karlsruhe 1-0 for its third win in a row, while Wolfsburg beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 away to sit tied for second with 48 points.

Jose Ernesto Sosa's goal in the 34th proved enough for Bayern, which watched Karlsruhe take over the game in the second half and needed a Ze Roberto clearance on the goal line in injury time to secure the victory. "Of course this game wasn't pretty but these are the kind of games you have to win if you want to win the German title," Bayern manager Uli Hoeness said.

Hamburg can also move to 48 points if it beats Schalke later yesterday.

Wolfsburg collected its seventh straight victory, cruising past Bielefeld on goals by Christian Gentner, Grafite and Ashkan Dejagah.

Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath is still not calling his side a title contender.

"We were very effective upfront today," he said. "But we were way too open at the back and could have easily given up a couple of goals. And that is not enough to win a title."


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