Dortmund pummels Wolfsburg to extend run

Mario Gotze scored twice, Shinji Kagawa 1, on Saturday at Signal Iduna Park to run its Bundesliga unbeaten run to six games.

Gotze opened the scoring after 12 minutes and capped the scoring in the 79th, while Kagawa assisted on Gotzke's first goal and also scored late in the first half. Sven Bender and Robert Lewandowski also scored for Dortmund.

Dortmund earned its fifth win during the six-game streak and moved into second and within two points of leader Bayern Munich. Wolfsburg lost for the third time in its last five matches and is 13 points off the pace.

Gotzke and Kagawa combined on the opener, with Gotze finishing with a right- footed shot to the bottom-left corner.

Dortmund's Kevin Grosskreutz and Wolfsburg's Mario Mandzukic traded shots off the woodwork just after the half-hour mark, then Kagawa added the second goal in the 44th minute.

Sven Bender forced a turnover just inside Dortmund's end, and the quick attack ended with Lewandowski sliding a pass to an open Kagawa, who converted to the bottom-right corner from 18 yards.

Wolfsburg made the match interesting in the 59th, as Alexander Hleb scored to cut Dortmund's lead to one goal, but the defending league champions restored a two-goal cushion in under 2 minutes.

Lukasz Piszczek flicked a corner on at the near post, and Bender headed just over the line, and Kagawa's perfect through ball sent Lewandowski in alone and he chipped Diego Benaglio to push Dortmund's lead to three goals in the 66th.

Lewandowski extended his streak of home fixtures with a goal to five, and has eight goals this season.

Gotzke capped the crushing win with his second goal after Piszczek played him into the area, and the young German international finished to the near post.

Werder Bremen 3, Cologne 2

Bremen, Germany - Claudio Pizarro scored a hat trick in the second half as Werder Bremen rallied from a two-goal deficit to edge 10-man Cologne, 3-2 on Saturday at Weserstadion in the Bundesliga.

Pizarro scored in the 49th, 54th and 86th minutes, the last two after Cologne went down a man, and has 11 goals this season. Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez is the league leader with 12 goals.

Bremen also moved to third in the table, just two points behind Bayern ahead of its match against last-place Augsburg on Sunday.

Christian Clemens and Lukas Podolski, who has nine goals this season, scored in the first half for Cologne. But after Pizarro pulled a goal back early in the second half, Henrique Sereno was sent off and Pizarro converted from the spot on the resulting penalty.

Pizarro then added the game-winner as Bremen snapped a three-game winless skid and handed Cologne its second loss in its last three matches.

Monchengladbach 2, Hertha Berlin 1

Berlin, Germany - Marco Reus scored a brace as Monchengladbach rallied for a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday at Olympic Stadium to remain among a group of three clubs on 23 points in the Bundesliga.

Reus scored in the 33rd and 55th minutes, erasing an early goal from Gustavo Ramos for Hertha, as Gladbach snapped a three-game winless streak and moved up to fourth in the standings. Bayern Munich leads the table with 25 points.

Monchengladbach is level on points with Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen, but behind the two clubs on goal differential. Hertha lost for the second time in its last three and is nine points off the pace.

Freiburg 2, Nurnberg 1

Nurnberg, Germany - Papiss Cisse converted a penalty kick 3 minutes into extra time as Freiburg snapped a three-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over Freiburg at Frankenstadion on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

Mike Frantz put Nurnberg in front just after the half-hour mark, but Freiburg immediately tied the game through a goal from Jan Rosenthal and Cisse's eighth goal of the season in the final seconds secured the come-from-behind win.

Freiburg climbed off the bottom of the league. Nurnberg, which is winless in six straight, is four points off the bottom and last-place Augsburg.

Bayer Leverkusen 2, Hamburg 2

Leverkusen, Germany - Heiko Westermann and Marcell Jansen scored as Hamburg rallied from two goals down to tie Bayer Leverkusen, 2-2, on Saturday at the BayArena in the Bundesliga to run its unbeaten streak to four games.

Andre Schurrle and Lars Bender fire Leverkusen to a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes, but Westermann scored after the half-hour mark and Jansen added the tying goal early in the second half.

Hamburg extended its unbeaten streak to four games - a run including three draws - while Leverkusen ran its unbeaten run to three matches.

Leverkusen is seven points off the pace of leaders Bayern Munich. Hamburg is just two points ahead of last-place Augsburg.

Hoffenheim 1, Kaiserslautern 1

Sinsheim, Germany - Dorge Kouemaha scored in the 74th minute as Kaiserslautern escaped Rhein-Neckar Arena with a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

Vedad Ibisevic scored in the 34th for Hoffenheim, but Kaiserslautern earned an important point to extend its unbeaten streak to four matches. Hoffenheim has just one win in its last six games.

Kaiserslautern sits on 13 points after 12 matches, while Hoffenheim has 17 and sits eight points behind first-place Bayern Munich.