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Bayern Munich blitz Wolfsburg 6-1 in Bundesliga

BERLIN -- Bayern Munich blitzed Wolfsburg with five goals in 17 minutes to come from a goal down and win 6-1 for a new Bundesliga record of 16 consecutive victories on Saturday.

Bayern, which provisionally extended its lead in the table to 23 points, also stretched its Bundesliga record unbeaten run to 49 games and remains on course to complete the season without defeat.

Second-place Borussia Dortmund, which plays at Freiburg on Sunday, visits Munich on April 12 in what is likely to be the defending champion's toughest remaining challenge.

Also, Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a hat trick as Schalke beat Hoffenheim 4-0 and Borussia Moenchengladbach lost 2-1 at home to Augsburg. Stuttgart ended its eight-game losing streak but could draw only 2-2 at home with bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig, injury-hit Hamburger SV drew 1-1 at home with fellow relegation candidate Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bayer Leverkusen remains without a win in six games across all competitions after drawing 1-1 at Hannover.

Werder Bremen won 2-0 at Nuremberg, through a Franco di Santo volley and deflected shot from Philipp Bargfrede in each half.

Aaron Hunt was awarded a penalty after Bargfrede scored, but the Bremen captain informed the referee he wasn't fouled and the decision was reversed. Nuremberg's Hiroshi Kiyotake displayed a similar gesture of fair play in the first half.

Wolfsburg started brightly, pressuring Bayern and disrupting the visitors' passing game. Pep Guardiola's side managed to turn the game around only after Thiago Alcantara and former Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic came on early in the second half, as Bayern claimed its 22nd win from 24 games.

"For 50, 60 minutes we displayed outstanding football. We had Bayern swaying," Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking said. "But after the third goal it was like someone pulled the plug. Then the enthusiasm and willingness to run was gone."

Brazilian defender Naldo gave Wolfsburg a deserved lead in the 17th minute.

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