Wolfsburg thrash Werder Bremen

Germany striker Max Kruse netted twice as Wolfsburg routed Werder Bremen 6-0 at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday. There was a minute’s silence at all Bundesliga grounds — the players also wore black armbands — out of respect for the victims of the Paris terror attacks. Stuttgart’s 4-0 thumping at home to Augsburg was delayed by 15 minutes due to the tightened security checks at stadiums across the country.

Kruse's goals helped Wolfsburg come five points within second-placed Dortmund. File picture.   -  REUTERS

Germany striker Max Kruse netted twice as Wolfsburg routed Werder Bremen 6-0 at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.

There was a minute’s silence at all Bundesliga grounds — the players also wore black armbands — out of respect for the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Stuttgart’s 4-0 thumping at home to Augsburg was delayed by 15 minutes due to the tightened security checks at stadiums across the country.

There were no such problems at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena as Bremen gifted the opener when defender Alejandro Galvez slid the ball into his own net on 11 minutes.

Kruse put Wolfsburg 2-0 up at the break by heading home a free-kick then Portugal international Vierinha netted on 56 minutes.

The floodgates opened when France midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, on for the injured Brazil star Luiz Gustavo, stabbed home his shot. Kruse then set up Netherlands striker Bas Dost on 78 minutes.

He completed the scoring three minutes from time by converting a cross. The result leaves Wolfsburg five points behind Dortmund.

Gladbach extend run

Borussia Moenchengladbach are up to fourth as Andre Schubert celebrated his first match in charge as head coach with a 2-1 win at home to Hanover 96.

Having taken over in September with Borussia bottom of the table, the 42-year-old has been promoted from a caretaker role after steering Gladbach to seven wins and a draw in his eight league games.

Gladbach took the lead when Guinea midfielder Ibrahima Traore was left unmarked on the edge of the area with half an hour gone.

Hanover equalised through Poland international Artur Sobiech on 65 minutes, but Brazil striker Raffael scored the winner six minutes from time.

Ex-Manchester United star Javier Hernandez scored his first brace for Bayer Leverkusen in their 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Christmas came early for Hernandez in Frankfurt when Eintracht centre-back David Abraham allowed a cross to roll between his legs and the striker stabbed home on 11 minutes.

The Mexico striker doubled his tally on 39 minutes when Hakan Calhanoglu’s pass split the Frankfurt defence.

Hernandez did the rest, but it finished 2-1 at the break when Serbian midfielder Slobodan Medojevic headed home on the stroke of half-time.

Calhanoglu sealed the win with Leverkusen’s third goal on 72 minutes.

Augsburg climbed off the bottom of the table with an emphatic 4-0 win at VfB Stuttgart as woeful defending by the hosts allowed the visitors to take an early 2-0 lead with both goals by midfielder Alexander Esswein.

Defender Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker grabbed a third before former South Korea captain Koo Ja-Cheol scored Augsburg’s fourth when he hit the top right-hand corner from 10 metres out on 54 minutes.

The Rhine derby finished goalless as Mainz drew at Cologne as the hosts abandoned plans to play in a special-edition carnival-themed shirt out of respect for those who died in Paris.

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