Bundesliga: Bayern crush Wolfsburg to win 16th straight
BERLIN (AP) - Bayern Munich blitzed Wolfsburg with five goals in 17 minutes to come from a goal down and win 6-1 for a new Bundesliga record of 16 consecutive victories on Saturday.
Bayern, which provisionally extended its lead in the table to 23 points, also stretched its Bundesliga record unbeaten run to 49 games and remains on course to complete the season without defeat.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund, which plays at Freiburg on Sunday, visits Munich on April 12 in what is likely to be the defending champions' toughest remaining challenge.
Also Saturday, Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a hat trick as Schalke beat Hoffenheim 4-0 and Borussia Moenchengladbach lost 2-1 at home to Augsburg. Stuttgart ended its eight-game losing streak but could only draw 2-2 at home with bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig, injury-hit Hamburger SV drew 1-1 at home with fellow relegation candidate Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen remains without a win in six games across all competitions after drawing 1-1 at Hannover.
Nuremberg was hosting Werder Bremen later.
Wolfsburg started brightly, pressuring Bayern and disrupting the visitors' passing game. Pep Guardiola's side only managed to turn the game around after Thiago Alcantara and former Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic came on early in the second half, as Bayern claimed its 22nd win from 24 games.
Brazilian defender Naldo beat David Alaba to Kevin de Bruyne's cross to give Wolfsburg a deserved lead in the 17th minute.
Xherdan Shaqiri equalized in a goalmouth scramble after a corner in the 26th. Patrick Ochs twice cleared off the line from Alaba and Shaqiri bundled the rebound over the line.
The home side remained strong, however, prompting the introduction of Mandzukic and Thiago. The latter had an immediate effect, playing a superb pass for Mueller to run through and round Diego Benaglio to score in the 63rd.
Mandzukic scored three minutes later with a right-footed shot inside the corner, Arjen Robben set up Franck Ribery in the 71st, Mueller claimed his second in the 78th and then set up Mandzukic for his league-leading 16th goal of the season two minutes later.
Guardiola opted to rest Mario Goetze with a view to Tuesday's visit of Arsenal in the Champions League. Ribery was playing his first game for Bayern since a minor operation on his buttock, while Mueller was back after a hamstring injury.
Schalke bounced back from crushing defeats to Bayern and Real Madrid by drawing level on points with third-placed Leverkusen.
Huntelaar opened the scoring in the sixth, and scored again with a fine finish inside the far post in the 29th, set up by Julian Draxler.
The Dutchman should have completed his hat trick from the penalty spot in the 31st, but shot weakly and Koen Casteels easily gathered.
Kevin-Prince Boateng cut the ball back for Chinedu Obasi to make it 3-0 in the 55th, and Draxler did brilliantly to help Huntelaar complete his hat trick in the 79th.
Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno saved his side by denying Szabolcs Huszti's penalty attempt in the fifth.
Gonzalo Castro scored for Leverkusen with a deflected shot in the 28th, but then lost the ball to Artjoms Rudnevs in the 33rd, when the Latvian striker equalized for Hannover with a 25-meter strike to the top left corner.
Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider will have to wait to learn his fate after failing to claim a win against Braunschweig.
It could have been worse. Jan Hochscheidt put the visitors ahead with a fine effort inside the far top corner in the 24th.
Alexandru Maxim equalized in the 30th and Martin Harnik scored again for Stuttgart five minutes later. Vedad Ibisevic had the chance to make it 3-1 but Daniel Davari saved his penalty.
Ermin Bicakcic equalized in the 82nd against his former side to keep Braunschweig's hopes of avoiding the drop alive.
Hamburg remains in the relegation place, level on points with Stuttgart, thanks to Hakan Calhanoglu's equalizer from a penalty in the 72nd. Alexander Madlung's brilliant 29th-minute volley had given Frankfurt the lead.
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