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Wolfsburg 5 Bayern 1

Ruthless Wolves deal Bayern bitter blow

A nightmare quarter of an hour in the second half saw Bayern crash to defeat against a clinical Wolfsburg side, in a game the men from Munich will seek to forget in a hurry with the prospect of a daunting Champions League trip to Barcelona looming in midweek.

The defences held the upper hand at both ends in a hard-fought and occasionally physical first half, until the game exploded into life as Christian Gentner and Luca Toni traded goals within a breathless minute leading up to the break.

The match remained cautious after the restart and could have gone either way, until Bosnia hitman Edin Dzeko struck twice in two minutes to put his side 3-1 up on 65 minutes. Munich urgently sought a way back but a bad situation turned hopeless when the league’s leading scorer Grafite netted a quickfire brace with quarter of an hour remaining.

The result, combined with Hertha Berlin's 3-1 home defeat to Dortmund and Hamburg's 1-0 victory over Hoffenheim, means the champions slip to fourth on 48 points from 26 games, still only three off new leaders Wolfsburg and HSV, and one behind the men from Berlin.