The German scored a wondergoal for Sami Hyypia's side at the Veltins Arena, as Stuttgart came from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen grabbed a big win
|Stuttgart came from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 at Borussia Park on Saturday.
Things started fantastically for the hosts, with Martin Stranzl putting them ahead after just seven minutes with a fantastic strike from 30 yards which flew past Sven Ulreich in the Stuttgart goal. However, they were in the lead for a minute. Cristian Molinaro immediately found space down the left, swung in a fantastic ball to the far post, and Martin Harnik was there to climb over this marker and head it beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The two sides remained level for much of the match, but just under 20 minutes from time, Stuttgart edged ahead in freak fashion, with the unfortunate Roel Brouwers hacking a Zdravko Kuzmanovic cross over his own keeper to gift the visitors all three points.
|Hannover's recent run of indifferent form continued when Freiburg claimed an unlikely 2-1 win over Mirko Slomka's side at the AWD Arena.
It was the visitors who struck first, with Jonathan Schmid capitalising on some suicidal defending to sweep the ball into the back of Ron-Robert Zieler's net after just 12 minutes. Soon after, however, Hannover bounced back through a Moa Abdellaoue penalty.
Just after the break, though, more catastrophic defending let Hannover down. Jan Rosenthal was alert to nick the ball from the slack Karim Haggui, passed it out left, and promptly received the ball back from Max Kruse to tap it home against his old club.
Despite this result, Hannover remain in sixth, but with an ever-increasing gap between themselves and fifth-placed Bayern Leverkusen.
|Hamburg grabbed a much-needed 1-0 win over fellow midtable outfit Mainz to continue their ascent up the Bundesliga table.
The only goal of the match came shortly after the hour-mark. Maximilian Beister received the ball on the left-hand channel and wasted no time in tapping it across the face of goal to Son Heung-Min, who continued in his rich vein of form by sliding in to divert it home from close range.
The visitors protested for an offside in the build-up to the goal, but no decision was forthcoming, and Thorsten Fink's side clung on to grab all three points.
|Eintracht Frankfurt kept up the pace with Schalke and Bayern Munich by overcoming struggling Bavarians Augsburg 4-2 at the Commerzbank Arena.
The hosts got off to a fine start, with Pirmin Schwegler's free kick taking a deflection off the unfortunate Sascha Molders and bouncing beyond Mohamed Amsif in the Augsburg goal. Soon after, it was two. Stefan Aigner beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper, and squeezed the ball over the line despite the best efforts of the covering defender.
Just before the break, however, the visitors gained a lifeline. A corner was cleared as far as Koo Ja-Cheol, who drove it home from the edge of the box with aplomb. It was to matter little. Shortly after the restart, Alexander Meier restored his side's 3-1 advantage with an excellent finish.
Once again, the deficit was cut to one goal when Sascha Molders tucked one away from the penalty spot, but Meier killed off the Bavarian challenge once for all 15 minutes from time.
This result sees Augsburg remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Their opponents, however, are in third place, a mere point behind Schalke.
|Schalke missed the opportunity to take advantage of Bayern Munich's draw with Nurnberg as Bayer Leverkusen overcame them at the BayArena.
It was Andre Schurrle breaking the deadlock, darting in from the left wing and sending a ferocious 30-yard effort that flew past Lars Unnerstall into the top corner. The young goalkeeper didn't even bother trying to save it - and he needn't have.
Around the hour-mark, Lars Bender was within inches of making it 2-0, but sent his effort from 20 yards against the foot of the post, but Stefan Kiessling made the victory secure soon after, leaving a defender in his wake before finishing smartly.
Schalke remain second, but a full eight points behind table-toppers Bayern.
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|Werder Bremen came from behind to beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 at the Weserstadion to kick off Sunday's action.
The visitors had been struggling for form in recent weeks, but got had a golden opportunity to get off to a fine start here when Sokratis hacked down Robbi Kruse inside the Bremen area. And, sure enough, Jens Langeneke gave his side the lead from the spot.
Shortly after the break, though, Thomas Schaaf's side hit back. Lukas Schmitz did superbly to keep the ball in on the left wing, cut inside and put on a plate for Nils Petersen, who sent a crisp header into the back of the net.
The hosts' quest for a winner was made all the harder when Assani Lukimya received his marching orders, but Kevin De Bruyne was there to volley home Aaron Hunt's ball to give his side a crucial three points.
|Wolfsburg's revival under Felix Magath continued when they claimed a 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim at the Rhein Neckar Arena.
It was the visitors who came out of the blocks the quicker, with a smart Makoto Hasebe finish giving them the lead after just seven minutes. Hoffenehiem were dealt a critical blow soon after when Bas Dost grabbed his fifth goal of the season.
As time wore on, Wolfsburg pressed more and more, and Mathieu Delpierre was forced into an acrobatic clearance to keep the score at 2-0. They eventually made it 3-0 through Naldo, who sent a trademark free kick past Benaglio.
Eren Derdiyok pulled one back on 88 minutes with a close-range header, but it was too little too late for Markus Babbel's side.