In other action, Bayern beat Frankfurt, Hamburg downed ten-man Stuttgart, and Hannover handily dispatched Freiburg.
Bayern Munich 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayern rebounded from Tuesday's Champions League loss to Roma with a convincing home victory. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk fired in a blinder on 29 minutes, but Theofanis Gekas responded four minutes later after his initial header had been saved off the post. After the break, Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez netted follow-up efforts before Tymoshchuk completed his brace.
Ricardo Clark did not see the pitch for Frankfurt.
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Hamburg 4-2 Stuttgart
Hamburg advanced once again towards the league summit after earning a 4-2 win over Stuttgart. Piotr Trochowski opened the scoring after just two minutes, but Ciprian Marica leveled shortly thereafter. Marica turned from hero to villain on 16 minutes as he earned his marching orders for a senseless loss of control. Hamburg then opened the floodgates, and Jonathan Pitroipa and Mladen Petric scored before half time.
Christian Gentner pulled one back for Stuttgart moments after the break, but substitute Ruud van Nistelrooy put the game to rest in the 60th minute as he made the score 4-2.
Hannover 3-0 Freiburg
At the end of a gritty match, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover closed out a comfortable victory over Freiburg. Jan Schlaudraff opened the scoring after a quarter hour, and the score held until the 73rd minute, when Didier Ya Konan scored a deserved second. At the death, the Ivorian set up Mike Hanke for a third.
Kaiserslautern 5-0 Schalke
Kaiserslautern maintained their fine form with an emphatic hammering of Jermaine Jones and Schalke. Srdjan Lakic put the hosts ahead after just eight minutes, and Martin Amedick made it 2-0 on 39 minutes. Lakic completed his brace on 56 minutes before Ivo Ilicevic netted from the spot and Jan Moravek added a late fifth to round off a comfortable win.
Hoffenheim 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Hoffenheim overcame an early two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Leverkusen. In-form winger Sidney Sam scored the opener for die Werkself within seven minutes, and Arturo Vidal added a second within moments. Though Leverkusen were dominant in the first half, Hoffe pulled one back through Vedad Ibisevic on 37 minutes. The score held until the fourth minute of injury time, when Gylfi Sigurdsson netted from the penalty spot after Gonzalo Castro fouled Marvin Compper.
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