Milivoje Novakovic netted a hat trick as Koeln saw off Hamburg. Elsewhere, Wolfsburg beat Stuttgart, and Nuernberg upset Bremen at the Weserstadion.
Wolfsburg 2-0 Stuttgart
Wolfsburg returned to winning ways with an impressive performance that was not fully represented by the final result. After six minutes, Simon Kjaer headed in the opener off the crossbar, after which time the hosts had few problems. Due to poor finishing, it was not until the 76th minute that Edin Dzeko headed in the second, and in doing so confirmed three points. Stuttgart attempted to mount a late comeback, but struggled to connect in their attacking third and slipped back into the relegation zone.
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Werder Bremen 2-3 Nuernberg
Bremen's woes continued as the Hanseaten blew an early lead, and lost 3-2 to Nuernberg. Hugo Almeida netted the opener on five minutes, but Nuernberg earned a deserved equaliser through Ilkay Guendogan, who scored on the stroke of half-time. Two minutes after the break, Mehmet Ekici put Nuernberg ahead, and Guendogan scored a vital third on 73 minutes. At the death, Claudio Pizarro pulled one back for Bremen, but it was not enough, and the Bavarians came out as 3-2 victors.
Koeln 3-2 Hamburg
A Milivoje Novakovic hat-trick earned Koeln a rare victory today, and lifted die Geissboecke out of the relegation zone. The Slovenian opened the scoring on 11 minutes, before Mladen Petric (15) and Hueng-Min Son (24) struck to put Hamburg ahead. Novakovic levelled in the 29th minute, and the score held for the majority of the match. In the second half, Jose Paolo Guerrero had an effort rattle the woodwork before Novakovic scored the winner six minutes from full-time.
Kaiserslautern 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Michael Bradley and Monchengladbach took a beating Saturday. On the day before the 90th anniversary of Germany legend Fritz Walter's birth, Kaiserslautern took to the pitch in vintage, 1950s-style kits. It took 71 minutes for the hosts to breach the Gladbach defense, but once they did, the hosts were on their way to a rather comfortable victory. Christian Tiffert scored the opener, and Adam Nemec (83) and Srdjan Lakic (88) added a pair more before the final whistle. The loss leaves Monchengladbach at the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
St Pauli 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Frankfurt and striker Theofanis Gekas extended their fine form with a comeback victory away to St Pauli. Carlos Zambrano put the hosts ahead in the fifth minute, but conceded a penalty that Gekas converted in the 42nd, and the two sides entered half-time on level terms. Three minutes after the break, Gerald Asamoah was sent off for a second booking, after which there was no return for St Pauli. Gekas put Frankfurt ahead in the 70th minute, and Caio added a late third to round off a comfortable victory.
Schalke - Bayer Leverkusen
Match to kick off at 18:30 CET.
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