Hamburg, Schalke win to put pressure on Bayern

Hamburger SV and Schalke both won Sunday to put the pressure on slumping Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:39 IST
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Hamburger SV and Schalke both won Sunday to put the pressure on slumping Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich. Hamburg cut Bayern's lead to six points, beating FC Kaiserslautern 3-0 with goals from Benjamin Lauth and Rafael van der Vaart in a match delayed an hour because of snow. "We were out of the race just a few weeks ago, now we're a little closer - but all we care about is reaching our own goals," Hamburg coach Thomas Doll said of making the Champions League. Schalke passed Werder Bremen for third, moving eight points behind Bayern, with a 2-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on Soeren Larsen's 51st-minute header and Ebbe Sand's injury-time goal. Schalke extended the best record since the winter break to six wins and two draws. It could throw the Bundesliga title race wide open if it beats Bayern next Sunday. Bayern held 0-0 Bayern was held 0-0 by Wolfsburg on Saturday, a week after Hamburg beat the leaders 2-1. The Bavarians four-match winless streak includes a Champions League exit with a draw and loss against AC Milan. Lauth, the one-time golden boy of German soccer, was inserted in the second half and headed in Van der Vaart's extended corner. Known as "Benny Bomber," he scored his third goal this season after fighting injuries for several years. Hamburg then got own-goal from Wolfsburg's 19-year-old Fabian Schoenheim in the 61st, while Van der Vaart converted an 86th-minute penalty. Kaiserslautern coach Wolfgang Wolf complained about the match being delayed. Heavy snow on the roof of Hamburg's AOL Arena had to be removed because of fears it could collapse. "I don't understand what they were doing," Wolf said. "We heard about the problem hours ago and nothing was done." On Saturday, it was: Werder Bremen 0, Hertha Berlin 3; Arminia Bielefeld 1, Bayer Leverkusen 0; Mainz 05 3, Borussia Moenchengladbach 0; Stuttgart 0, Borussia Dortmund 0; Duisburg 0, Hannover 0; and FC Cologne 3, Nuremberg 4. (AP)