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Voronin's goal keeps Hertha top

BUNDESLIGA leader Hertha Berlin needed a lucky Andriy Voronin goal to beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 to maintain a four-point cushion at the top on Saturday.

Voronin, on loan from Liverpool, scored his eighth goal in six matches when his close-range shot in the 50th minute was saved by visiting keeper Rene Adler and the ball deflected back off the Ukraine striker and into the net.

Champion Bayern Munich, without injured midfielder Franck Ribery and striker Luca Toni, eased past 10-man VfL Bochum 3-0 with goals from Ze Roberto, Philipp Lahm and Martin Demichelis to stay in the title hunt on 45 points.

VfL Wolfsburg, on the same points as second-placed Bayern, recorded a 4-3 triumph over Schalke 04 on Friday.

Hoffenheim dropped to fourth on 43 points from 24 games after a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.

With players wearing black armbands in memory of the victims of last week's German school shooting, matches kicked off after a minute's silence.

Hertha was cautious against seventh-placed Leverkusen and both sides carved out only one chance in the first half. Ukraine forward Voronin then struck in the second half to earn Hertha its third win in a row.

"It got very tight in the end," Hertha coach Lucien Favre said. "We beat one of the country's best teams who were in the first half."

Bayern, which went through to the Champions League quarterfinals with a record 12-1 aggregate win over Sporting Lisbon in midweek, failed to create a single scoring chance in the first 30 minutes.

It also lost striker Miroslav Klose on the half hour after he limped off to be replaced by Jose Sosa.


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