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Wolfsburg on verge of first Bundesliga title

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  • Wolfsburg are on the verge of first Bundesliga title after 5-0 victory at Hanover
  • Wolfsburg two points clear of Bayern Munich and Stuttgart with one game left
  • A win at home to Werder Bremen next Saturday will secure title for Wolfsburg
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(CNN) -- Wolfsburg hammered Hanover 5-0 on Saturday to move two points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga, with just one match remaining.

Wolfsburg on verge of first Bundesliga title

Felix Magath's side, who have led the table since April 4, will now secure their first-ever Bundesliga title if they beat Werder Bremen at home next Saturday, although such is their superior goal difference that a draw should also be enough to clinch the title.

Once again, strikers Edin Dzeko and Grafite, who have scored a remarkable 51 league goals between them this season, were responsible for the victory, with Dzeko bagging a hat-trick and Brazilian Grafite notching the other two goals.

Grafite took his personal tally to 26 with a double in three first-half minutes after Dzeko had opened the scoring in the 14th minute.

Dzeko headed Wolfsburg's fourth on 54 minutes and then completed his second hat-trick of the season in the 79th minute to take his tally to 25 goals for the season.

Franck Ribery and Luca Toni were both on target for Bayern Munich, but the defending champions had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim.

Meanwhile, Cacau and Thomas Hitzlsperger scored either side of half-time for Stuttgart in their 2-0 win at Energie Cottbus, who stay in the bottom three.

Both Bayern and Stuttgart, the last two winners of the Bundesliga, can still snatch the title off Wolsfburg, but the pair face each other at the Allianz Arena next weekend and a draw will see Wolfsburg crowned champions even if they lose to Werder.

Hertha Berlin's 0-0 draw at home to Schalke leaves them three points behind Wolfsburg and while the title is beyond their grasp due to an inferior goal difference, they are fourth and within reach of a Champions League place.

Borussia Dortmund are fifth and kept their hopes of a place in Europe next season alive with a 6-0 hammering of Arminia Bielefeld, who occupy the dreaded 16th place which leads to a play-off for Bundesliga survival.

Meanwhile, bottom side Karlsruhe still have a fighting chance of avoiding the drop next Saturday after they stunned UEFA Cup finalists Werder Bremen 3-1 at home.

Bochum are safe after their 2-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Borussia Moenchengladbach stay just outside the bottom three despite their 5-0 hammering at Bayer Leverkusen.

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