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Bayern crush Hamburg, Hoffenheim beat Wolfsburg in Bundesliga

IANS  |  Berlin 

Robert Lewandowski's hat-trick helped Munich to whitewash relegation-threatened 6-0 while cruised 3-0 past struggling Wolfsburg at the 26th round in

Runaway leaders Munich showed no mercy with as three goals from Lewandowski on Saturday, two from and one from increase Hamburg's relegation worries, reports

The German giants needed only eight minutes before Ribery rounded to open the scoring from inside the box.

gained momentum and pressed Hamburg into defence before Lewandowski headed home Joshua Kimmich's cross to double the lead in the 12th minute.

The pole remained in the thick of things as he tripled the lead moments later when he tapped home an assist from with 19 minutes played.

Hamburg were unable to put up resistance whereas Bayern started where they left off before the half time as Dutchman made it 4-0 on the scoreboards 10 minutes into the second half.

The hosts remained on the front foot as Ribery shrugged off three defenders before slamming home the fifth goal from inside the box with nine minutes to the final whistle.

Bayern's Lewandowski should have extended the lead but the striker squandered a penalty as he pulled over the target.

However, the Pole made amends as he converted another penalty to seal his hat-trick in the closing period.

With the result, Bayern established their 20-point advantaged atop the standings, while Hamburg were stuck at the 17th place with seven points to safety.

sewed up their second straight victory and boosted their European hopes after beating Wolfsburg on the goals from Nico Schulz, and an own goal from

The hosts assumed control early in the game and tested with an effort from

Hoffenheim's dominant performance got rewarded on 18 minutes as Casteels blocked Florian Grillitsch's cross into the path of Schulz, who made no mistake to break the deadlock.

Wolfsburg lacked penetration and were unable to threat Hoffenheim's defence whereas the hosts failed to make the most out of their chances as rattled the woodwork and saw his header scratched off the line before the break.

remained in full control after the restart but had to wait until the 77th minute before Gnabry doubled the lead following the assistance of

Things went from bad to worse three minutes later as Wolfsburg's Guilavogui scored an own goal to put the result beyond doubt with 10 minutes from time.

After suffering their ninth loss of the season, Wolfsburg remain in touching distance to the drop zone while the seventh-placed Hoffenheim have increased their chances for a berth in

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 12:36 IST
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