Arnautovic is hat-trick hero

  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 18:55 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga.

Marko Arnautovic enjoys Werder Bremen's win.
Marko Arnautovic enjoys Werder Bremen's win.

Marko Arnautovic scored a hat-trick as Werder Bremen closed in on the Europa League places with a dominant 4-1 victory at Hoffenheim.

Sebastian Prodl gave Bremen the lead after just 21 minutes before Arnautovic registered his first goal in the 29th minute.

Sejad Salihovic pulled a goal back five minutes after the break but Arnautovic confirmed a comfortable away win with two more successful efforts in the last 20 minutes.

Bremen moved into eighth place - two points shy of a Europa League spot - with Hoffenheim remaining in 16th place courtesy of a fourth straight defeat.

Hamburg missed a chance to take a step towards the European places as they drew 1-1 against Wolfsburg.

Maximilian Beister gave Hamburg the lead in the 26th minute before Simon Kjaer equalised in the 69th minute.

Hamburg have collected points in four of their last five matches but a draw here keeps them down in ninth place.

That is still much better than Wolfsburg, winless in their last three and down in 15th.

On Saturday, Bayern Munich saw their winless streak against Borussia Dortmund extended to five matches with a 1-1 draw as their lead at the top was trimmed to eight points.

Toni Kroos gave Bayern the lead in the 67th minute, only to see Mario Goetze equalise seven minutes later.

Bayer Leverkusen remain the closest challengers to Bayern Munich at the summit after Stefan Kiessling's first-half goal secured three points against Nurnberg.

Kiessling scored the only goal of the match in the 37th minute as Leverkusen picked up their fourth win in a row - and sixth in their last seven games - to move onto 30 points.

Nurnberg, who had picked up points in four of their last five matches, remained in the lower echelons on 16 points.

Schalke's dismal recent form continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Borussia Monchengladbach.

Igor de Camargo put the Foals in front and Schalke were only able to snatch a point late on thanks to a goal from Julian Draxler.

Ten-man Mainz moved into the top six of the Bundesliga, dislodging opponents Hannover with a spirited 2-1 win at the Coface Arena.

Thomas Tuchel's men took the lead through Nicolai Muller early on, but Hannover levelled before half time through Christian Schulz.

The home team were reduced to 10 men just after the interval when goalkeeper Christian Wetklo was given his marching orders, but they still managed to find a winner in the 89th minute through Adam Szalai.

Augsburg moved off the bottom of the Bundesliga table on Saturday afternoon after a goalless draw against Freiburg.

The promoted side took the lead in the ninth minute through Tobias Werner, only for Jonathan Schmid to equalise in the 28th minute for ninth-placed Freiburg.

Ten-man Stuttgart's good form continued with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Greuther Furth thanks to Shinji Okazaki's goal just before the break.

The Japanese international was first to the rebound after Vedad Ibisevic's penalty was blocked by the Furth keeper Wolfgang Hesl.

Stuttgart were reduced to 10 men in the 53rd minute as Serdar Tasci saw red.

Fortuna Dusseldorf continued their recent revival with a thumping win over 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt .

The visitors struggled after the first-half dismissal of Karim Matmour, with Stefan Reisinger and Oliver Fink putting Dusseldorf ahead by the break and Rafael and Axel Bellinghausen adding further goals in the second period.


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