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Wolfsburg remains on track with mammoth win

BOSNIAN striker Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick as leader VfL Wolfsburg crushed Hanover 96 5-0 away on Saturday to close in on its first German Bundesliga title with one match left.

The league's leading striker Grafite added two more for Wolfsburg, which is top with 66 points, two ahead of Bayern Munich, which was held to a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim.

VfB Stuttgart climbed to third place, also on 64, with a 2-0 win over Energie Cottbus, leaving Hertha Berlin a point behind on 63 after a goalless draw with Schalke 04 saw its hopes of a first title since 1931 evaporate.

Bottom placed Karlsruhe SC reignited its fight against relegation when it stunned host Werder Bremen 3-1 to keep its hopes alive after Cottbus' defeat and Arminia Bielefeld's 0-6 crushing by fifth-place Borussia Dortmund.

Wolfsburg has an advantage into the final round over defending champion Bayern and Stuttgart, who clash in Munich in one week's time.

But Wolfsburg has a far superior goal difference than either Bayern or Stuttgart and Felix Magath's team will make sure of the title with a draw at home against Bremen.

"The chance to bring the title to Wolfsburg is now huge," said Magath, who will join Schalke at the end of the season.

"This was a crucial step. We made our life easier with this win. But nothing has been decided yet," the former Bayern coach told reporters.

Bayern and Stuttgart must win and hope Wolfsburg loses to Bremen. Wolfsburg can even afford to lose and still win the title if Bayern and Stuttgart play to a draw.

In other games on Saturday, VfL Bochum beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 and Bayer Leverkusen defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-0.


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