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Stuttgart beats Moenchengladbach to close in on Schalke

Stuttgart beats Moenchengladbach to close in on Schalke

VfB Stuttgart moved closer to taking the Bundesliga lead Saturday after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0 with Roberto Hilbert scoring in the 53rd minute.
Stuttgart won its fifth straight game to take advantage of league leader Schalke's 2-1 stumble to Bochum on Friday.
Schalke has 62 points, Stuttgart is second with 61 and Bremen has 60.
Werder Bremen can take first place with a win Sunday against Arminia Bielefeld.
Stuttgart's players and fans among the 48,000 in Moenchengladbach's stadium cheered after hearing that Bayern Munich had lost 2-1 on late goals by Rafael van der Vaart and Paolo Guerrero.
Fourth-place Bayern has 53 points _ eight behind Stuttgart _ and its chase for a third and final Champions League berth appears over. There are three rounds left in the season.
"We are winners all around this weekend," Stuttgart manager Horst Heldt said. "We are in the race and we need just one more point against Bayern."
Stuttgart, the Bundesliga's youngest team, overcame a sluggish first half as a heatwave hit Germany and remained in the hunt for a first title since 1992. Forward Benny Lauth had a good chance in the 39th but headed right at Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Christofer Heimeroth, who replaced the injured Kasey Keller.
Hilbert scored after beating defender Bo Svensson to a through pass and sidefooted a low shot into the net as Stuttgart recorded its ninth win in 14 games since the winter break.
Moenchengladbach is all but relegated after its winless streak reached six games. It needs to make up eight points in three rounds.
Bayern left the field accompanied by the boos of 63,000 home fans at Allianz Arena. The team will probably miss the Champions League for the first time in 11 years, and management has said it will rid itself of at least eight players.
Peruvian forward Claudio Pizarro, one of the players expected to depart, put Bayern ahead in the 35th minute for his 100th Bundesliga goal.
But Bayern's lethargic attack _ a season-long problem _ failed to pressure Hamburg, which wasted several chances before the break. Van der Vaart then leveled in the 71st and Guerrero scored the winner five minutes later.
Hamburg, once last place, gained enough points to probably be safe from demotion, a status Borussia Dortmund also attained when Swiss forward Alexander Frei scored on two free kicks in a 2-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.
In other games, it was: Nuremberg 1, Wolfsburg 1; Mainz 05 1, Hannover 96 2; and Aachen 0, Berlin 4.


Updated : 2021-08-05 23:13 GMT+08:00