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Bayern demolish Bremen in Bundesliga goal fest

Bayern Munich have smashed six goals past Werder Bremen, putting another finger on the Bundesliga trophy ahead of time. In other games, Hannover trounced Hamburg, while Schalke and Augsburg each bagged three huge points.

Bayern Munich played a heavily rotated squad and yet still put on a show in the 1,000th game of outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes' illustrious career.

The game was comparatively slow to start, but Arjen Robben opened the scoring on 25 minutes, courtesy of a Philipp Lahm cross from the right. Robben turned provider four minutes later, with Javi Martinez heading his free kick home from close in.

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben (3rd R) scores a goal next to teammate Franck Ribery (2nd R) during their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Werder Bremen in Munich February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050

Robben (airborne) jumped back into action, scoring one and making two

The third Bayern strike went down as a Theodor Gebre Selassie own goal, although Franck Ribery was hovering. Mario Gomez, in for Mario Mandzukic up front, scored a pair and Franck Ribery picked up a goal of his own, while Belgian Kevin de Bruyne scored Bremen's consolation goal.

All six Bayern goals were scored from inside the box, demonstrating the club's emphatic approach play all season. Jupp Heynckes' men have scored 63 goals and conceded just eight in 23 Bundesliga games - the only open question is when they seal the title.

More goals up north

Hamburg had a chance to go fifth with a win in Hannover, but fell well short of that mark.

Hannover's key attacking option, left winger Szabolcs Huszti set up the opening goal by planting a free kick on Mame Biriam Diouf's head.

Fußball, Bundesliga, 23. Spieltag, Hannover 96 - Hamburger SV am 23.02.2013 in der AWD-Arena in Hannover (Niedersachsen). Hannovers Szabolcs Huszti (r) erzielt das Tor zum 2:1 per Elfmeter. Foto: Peter Steffen/dpa (Achtung Hinweis zur Bildnutzung! Die DFL erlaubt die Weiterverwertung von maximal 15 Fotos (keine Sequenzbilder und keine videoähnlichen Fotostrecken) während des Spiels (einschließlich Halbzeit) aus dem Stadion und/oder vom Spiel im Internet und in Online-Medien. Uneingeschränkt gestattet ist die Weiterleitung digitalisierter Aufnahmen bereits während des Spiels ausschließlich zur internen redaktionellen Bearbeitung (z. B. via Bilddatenbanken).)

This Huszti penalty was unstoppable, but the Hungarian paid the price after slipping when he struck

Rafael van der Vaart equalized from the penalty spot, still with just 13 minutes on the clock, but then Hannover ran their guests ragged.

Huszti restored the lead with an emphatic penalty, curiously injuring himself in the process of striking the ball. He was subbed out before the break.

Didier Ya Konan scored a pair of pretty goals and Mo Abdellaoue rounded out the rout late on as Hamburg keeper Rene Adler suffered a tough day in the office as Hamburg lost 5-1.

All square in Mainz

Mainz were unable to make a one-man advantage count on home soil, meaning they missed the chance to jump stuttering Hamburg. Striker Adam Szalai set up new signing Niki Zimling for an early opener, annulled by a Naldo header on 15 minutes.

Wolfsburg had to adjust when defender Alexander Madlung fouled Nicolai Müller and was judged to be the last defender. Even with a numerical advantage, Mainz struggled to dominate. Goal poacher Szalai uncharacteristically fluffed a pair of good chances in the second half to seal three points for Thomas Tuchel's side.

Dong Won Ji (2L) of Augsburg celebrates with his team mate Ja-Cheol Koo (2R) after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at SGL Arena on February 23, 2013 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Augsburg's Korean connection played a big part

Stuttgart and Nuremberg also played out a 1-1 draw in arguably the worst game of the afternoon. Marco Feulner scored late on to eradicate Stuttgart's one-goal lead, with Bruno Labbadia's side probably tired, playing less than 48 hours after their win in the Europa League on Thursday.

Augsburg win battle in the basement

Augsburg jumped out of the automatic relegation zone with a crucial home win, 2-1, against Hoffenheim. January signing Dong-Won Ji and striker Sascha Mölders hit the Augsburg goals with Hoffenheim only threatening in the closing phases of the game. Igor de Camargo, on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach, brought Hoffenheim back into the game with only stoppage time left to play, but an equalizer never materialized. Hoffenheim therefore drop to 17th in the table.

An unlikely hero

In the evening match, Schalke beat Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-1 - a crucial win for the struggling Royal Blues. Schalke therefore secured only their second victory in 12 Bundesliga matches.

Joel Matip scores fr Schalke against Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Matip was ice cool with both finishes

Central defender Joel Matip scored both of Schalke's goals, bookending a strike from Düsseldorf's Axel Bellinghausen. Despite dominating almost all of the 90 minutes, enjoying more than 60 percent possession, Schalke looked all at sea in the moments after Bellinghausen's 56th-minute equalizer.

Matip has become something of a Düsseldorf specialist, he also scored in Düsseldorf early in the season.

On Sunday, Marco Reus returns to Mönchengladbach with Borussia Dortmund - an encounter Dortmund won 5-0 on home turf in September, with a pair of Reus goals. In the evening game, Greuther Fürth host Bayer Leverkusen, in interim coach Ludwig Preis' first game in charge.

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