Wolfsburg too strong for Stuttgart

BERLIN – Second-placed Wolfsburg defeated bottom side Stuttgart 3-1 while SV Hamburg’s change of coach had no positive effect in a 4-0 drubbing at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Ricardo Rodriquez scored twice and Andre Schuerrle netted his first for Wolfsburg to keep Dieter Hecking’s side comfortably second, seven points ahead of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Gladbach came from behind to win 4-1 at Hoffenheim with a brace from Patrick Herrmann to remain two points ahead of Leverkusen, who are now nine points clear of Schalke —— in action Sunday —— in the battle for Champions League places.

Eintracht Frankfurt drew 2-2 with Hanover, Freiburg edged Cologne 1-0, while Werder Bremen and Mainz were goalless.

Leaders Bayern Munich, seven points clear at the top.

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