Bundesliga Saturday Round-up: Bayern, Hoffenheim, Mainz Continue Advance on Leaders

Bayern, Hoffenheim and Mainz moved up the table today following hard-earned victories. Each team now sits two points adrift of Leverkusen and Hamburg, who both face pivotal matches tomorrow.
Bayern 2-1 Nurnberg
Bochum 2-3 Mainz
Stuttgart 0-2 Koeln
Hannover 1-1 Dortmund
M'Gladbach 2-4 Hoffenheim

Bayern 2-1 Nurnberg

After being held scoreless throughout the first half, Bayern took the lead through Ivica Olic in the 55th minute. After the opener, Bayern fell asleep and Mainz slowly crept back into the game. 

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting hit a surprise equaliser in the 73rd minute, which served as a real wake-up call for Bayern. Daniel van Buyten won it late for the home side, heading in his second game-winning goal of the week.

Bochum 2-3 Mainz

Mimoun Azaouagh put the home team ahead with his third goal of the season in the 7th minute. Mainz striker Andreas Ivanschitz headed his side level just before the half, but seconds later, Diego Klimowicz restored Bochum's advantage.

The second half picked up just where the first had left off as Andre Schuerrle drew Mainz level in the 52nd minute. The 18-year old completed his brace in the 71st minute to hand his side a victory that moves Mainz into 5th place.

Stuttgart 0-2 Koeln

Although it was Stuttgart that dominated in possession, the first half was comprehensively won by visitors Koeln. Sebastian Freis nodded his team ahead in the 25th minute, and Fabrice Ehret nearly doubled the advantage when his shot his the post ten minutes later. Stuttgart continued to control the match throughout the second half, but it was Koeln substitute Wilifred Sanou who was next to score, doubling his side's advantage in the closing seconds of the match.

Hannover 1-1 Dortmund

At the end of a hard-fought first half that saw 22 fouls committed between the two sides, Nuri Sahin broke the deadlock with his 45th minute strike. The lead wouldn't last for long, however. Just after the halftime break, Didier Ya Konan brought the match onto level terms with a wonder-goal from a nearly impossible angle.

The rest of the second period was choppy, as fouls and offside calls prevented both sides from being able to find a real rhythm. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

M'Gladbach 2-4 Hoffenheim

The home side got off to a dream start, going ahead 2-0 inside the first 20 minutes. It all started in the 10th minute, when Raul Bobadilla teed up Juan Arango outside the centre of the penalty area. The Venezuelan midfielder rifled his shot into the lower right corner of Timo Hildebrand's net. Seven minutes later, Roberto Colautti doubled his team's advantage after following up Bobadilla's saved effort.

Sejad Salihovic pulled an important goal back in the 21st minute, striking in a free kick from a very acute angle on the right side, and keeping his team just a goal behind at the half.

After 65 scoreless minutes, Hoffenheim stormed back in style. Substitute Maicosuel (pronounced "Maxwell") tapped in the equalizer in the 86th minute before Chinedu Obasi nodded his team ahead with less than a minute to go in regulation. Demba Ba added a fourth at the death to hand Hoffenheim a 4-2 victory in Moenchengladbach.

Clark Whitney, Goal.com