• Wolfsburg warms-up for Moscow by hammering Bremen

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    BERLIN: Germany striker Max Kruse netted twice in Wolfsburg’s 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to warm-up for Wednesday’s (Thursday in Manila) Champions League clash at CSKA Moscow.

    Kruse said he was glad to get back to football after the horror scenes from Paris and the postponed Germany-Holland friendly in Hannover on Tuesday due to a bomb scare.

    “Of course you have a few thoughts after a week like that, but we have to go out as role models and try and be as bold as possible and not be put off by what has happened,” said Kruse.

    “Today was a lot of work, but a step in the right direction.”

    In Europe, Wolfsburg are third in Group B, but just a point behind leaders Manchester United ahead of their penultimate group game at bottom side CSKA Moscow.

    There was a minute’s silence at all Bundesliga grounds this weekend — the players also wore black armbands — out of respect for the Paris victims.

    Stuttgart’s 4-0 thumping at home to Augsburg was delayed by 15 minutes due to the tightened security checks at stadiums across the country.

    There were no such problems at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena as Bremen gifted their hosts the opener when defender Alejandro Galvez slid the ball into his own net on 11 minutes.

    Kruse put Wolfsburg 2-0 up at the break by heading home a free kick then Portugal international Vierinha netted on 56 minutes.

    The floodgates opened when French defensive midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, on for the injured Brazil star Luiz Gustavo, stabbed home his shot on 67 minutes.

    Kruse then set up Netherlands striker Bas Dost on 78 minutes before completing the scoring three minutes from time by converting a cross.

    The result leaves Wolfsburg five points behind second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who lost 3-1 at Hamburg on Friday, while leaders Bayern Munich play at Schalke on Saturday evening.

    Borussia Moenchengladbach are up to fourth as Andre Schubert celebrated his first match in charge as head coach with a 2-1 win at home to Hanover 96.

    AFP

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