LATE SHOW KEEPS MUNICH TOP
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The reigning champions has to wait until the last 15 minutes of the game to make their domination count when Brazilian striker Paulo Sergio broke the deadlock.
Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro made sure of the victory with a quick fire brace in the last five minutes (85,89).
Bayer Leverkusen kept the pressure on Munich with an impressive 2-1 win over third-placed Kaiserslautern.
The visitors got off to a perfect start opening the scoring after just 18 minutes through Jeff Strasser.
German international Michael Ballack drew the sides level in the 34th minute and it was Ballack again who grabbed the winner four minutes after the restart.
Borussia Dortmund moved into third spot above Kaiserslautern with a 1-0 over VfB Stuttgart.
German ace Lars Ricken grabbed the only goal of the game after 51 minutes to put behind them the misery of crashing out of the Champions League in midweek.
Schalke kept in touch with the leaders with a convincing 3-1 win over ten-man Cologne.
The visitors were reduced to ten men after 32 minutes when Matthias Scherz was dismissed for his second bookable offence, but the stunned the home side by taking the lead just five minutes later through Andrew Mutambo Sinkla.
Danish striker Ebbe Sand drew the sides level on the stroke of half time and Andreas Moller fired the home side in front ten minutes after the break.
Sand made sure of victory eight minutes from time when he grabbed his second of the game.
Werder Bremen also stayed in contention with the top sides with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Hansa Rostock.
Ivan Klasnic netted the only goal of the game 15 minutes from time.
Wolfsburg piled the pressure on bottom of the table Nurnberg with a convincing 5-0 win.
Brazilian winger Robson Ponte fired the home side in front after just six minutes and he doubled the lead on the half hour.
Martin Petrov hit the third to make sure of victory in the 68th minute and Wolfsburg made the win all the more convincing with two goals in the last three minutes through Joshua Kennedy (87) and Romanian midfielder Doriel Munteanu (89).
1860 Munich moved into the top half of the table with an impressive 3-0 away to second from bottom St Pauli.
The visitors took the lead in the seventh minute with an unfortunate own goal from Cory Gibbs.
Harald Cerny doubled the lead ten minutes from time and veteran German midfielder Thomas Hassler wrapped up the victory with the third and final goal in the last minute.
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Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Kaiserslautern
Bayern Munich 3-0 Hamburg
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Stuttgart
St Pauli 0-3 1860 Munich
Hansa Rostock 0-1Werder Bremen
Schalke 3-1 Cologne
Wolfsburg 5-0 Nurnberg
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