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Wolfsburg, Bayern lead chase

VFL Wolfsburg needed a late goal from midfielder Sascha Riether to win 2-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday and protect a three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with seven games left.

Bayern Munich, desperately needing to bounce back from its midweek 0-4 defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League, crushed Eintracht Frankfurt by the same score to move into second place on 51 points.

The win offers some respite to coach Juergen Klinsmann, who is under fire for his team's performances.

The champion is level on points with third-placed Hamburg SV, which was at VfB Stuttgart yesterday.

Hertha Berlin lost further ground in the title hunt with its third defeat in a row when it was stung 0-2 at Hanover 96 to drop to fourth on 49 points. Hertha had striker Andriy Voronin sent off for a foul a minute from time.

Newcomer Hoffenheim, in sixth place, had another miserable afternoon when it was hammered 0-3 at home by VfL Bochum thanks to a hat-trick from Stanislav Sestak.

Hoffenheim, which has not won since late January, was left with nine men for the last half hour after Carlos Eduardo and keeper Daniel Haas were sent off for fouls within two minutes of each other.

Wolfsburg looked to be cruising to victory after Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko put it ahead after 20 minutes with his 16th goal of the season, a header from six meters.

While the better side, it was punished for its defensive play and some missed chances when Dante leveled with a header from a Marko Marin free kick in the 79th.

Riether scored from close-range five minutes from time to hand Felix Magath's team its ninth consecutive win.

Bayern was looking to make amends for its demolition in Spain and quickly went in front after three minutes with Franck Ribery picking up a Luca Toni flick to score from the edge of the box.

The Frenchman returned the favor 14 minutes later with a chipped free kick into the path of the Italian striker, who volleyed home from 10 meters.

Defender Lucio, back from injury after missing the Barcelona game, grabbed a third just before halftime with a header and Bastian Schweinsteiger completed the rout with an easy tap-in.

"This was a first class performance and a first class reaction to the Barcelona debacle," Klinsmann said. "The thorn was deep and we wanted to do well for our fans."

In France, Girondins Bordeaux took over from Olympique Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 on goal difference with a 2-0 win at mid-table AJ Auxerre on Saturday.

Bordeaux, which notched its fourth straight win with goals by Fernando and Wendel, leads the table on 59 points with seven games left.

Seven-time champion Lyon will have an opportunity to reclaim top spot before travelling to Bordeaux when it hosts Monaco yesterday.

Olympique Marseille, third on 58 points, is at home to Grenoble. oulouse defeated lowly Nantes 1-0 to climb to fourth place on 56 points.


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