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Wolfsburg maintains the edge

VFL Wolfsburg maintained its wafer-thin lead in the German Bundesliga on Tuesday when it racked up a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund while Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen by the same score.

With two matches remaining, Wolfsburg and Bayern have 63 points apiece, with Wolfsburg top thanks to a goal difference that is two better.

Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko scored twice for Wolfsburg either side of Grafite's 24th goal of the season to seal its win.

Hertha Berlin remained in the hunt for its first championship since 1931, a point off the pace on 62, after a 2-1 win away to Cologne with Brazilian Cicero and Patrick Ebert on target. VfB Stuttgart, in fourth place on 58 points, was at Schalke yesterday.

Wolfsburg had little trouble breaking down the resistance of Dortmund which had a seven-match winning streak going into the match but looked out of sorts. The hosts grabbed the lead through Dzeko who coolly slotted past keeper Roman Weidenfeller after 15 minutes.

Top scorer Grafite struck two minutes after the break with an easy tap-in from a Dzeko pass before returning the favor with a cross for Dzeko to score his 22nd goal of the season.

Dortmund was reduced to 10 men after 75 minutes when substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng was sent off just nine minutes after coming on for a flying tackle on Makoto Hasebe. "Dortmund were tough but we kept going forward," Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath said. "Of course we have quality in attack and it pays off if you keep at it."

Bayern struggled in the first half, carving out only one real chance through Franck Ribery when he fired wide from the edge of the box.

But the Bavarians were dominant in the second half scoring three times in 24 minutes and missing many more.

Italian striker Luca Toni, who could have scored on at least five occasions, flicked in a Lukas Podolski pass to give it the lead two minutes after the break. Podolski, in his third consecutive start under interim coach Jupp Heynckes, combined with Ribery for the Frenchman to double the lead before Podolski got a deserved goal in the 71st.

In France, Olympique Lyon tightened its grip on the last Champions League qualifying spot in Ligue 1 with a 3-0 home victory against Nantes.


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