Dortmund held by Gladbach
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga, including a draw for Borussia Dortmund.
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Borussia Monchengladbach shared the points with their namesakes from Dortmund as a game of two halves at the Borussia Park Stadion ended 1-1.
Mario Gotze gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot in the 11th minute, but a first professional goal from Amin Younes earned the Foals a point midway through the second half.
The result sees Dortmund take a small slice out of Bayern Munich's advantage at the top of the Bundesliga and they are now trailing by 17 points.
New Greuther Furth coach Ludwig Preis picked up a point from his first match in charge as the league's bottom team held third-placed Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw.
The Bavarians showed a degree of confidence and belief that they had rarely displayed all season, and they had arguably the better chances to win the match.
Leverkusen did not know what had hit them and what seemed like an easy three points on paper turned into a frustrating battle to get just a point.
Mario Gomez scored two goals and set up another as Bayern Munich continued their march towards the Bundesliga title with a dominant 6-1 victory over 10-man Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 25th minute and Javi Martinez made it 2-0 moments later.
Sebastian Prodl was red-carded in the 44th minute before fellow Bremen defender Theo Gebre Selassie scored an own-goal after 49 minutes. Gomez increased the lead to 4-0 in the 51st minute.
Kevin de Bruyne pulled a goal back for Bremen in the 58th minute, but Franck Ribery joined in with the scoring in the 86th minute before Gomez netted again in the final minute.
Bayern increased their lead to 18 points over Borussia Dortmund with their sixth straight victory in what was coach Jupp Heynckes' 1,000th Bundesliga match as coach and player.
Bremen remain on 28 points after their second straight loss.
Didier Ya Konan scored twice as Hannover bounced back from their exit from the Europa League with a resounding 5-1 victory over Hamburg.
Mame Biram Diouf opened the scoring in the seventh minute for Hannover before Rafael van der Vaart equalised from the spot in the 13th minute.
Szabolcs Huszti converted a penalty for Hannover in the 39th minute and Ya Konan made it 3-1 in the 45th minute before deciding the match for good with his second goal after 68 minutes.
Mohammed Abdellaoue added a fifth in the 85th minute.
The result saw Hannover continue their strong home form to improve to 33 points while Hamburg saw their modest two-match winning streak snapped to remain on 34 points.
Augsburg earned a 2-1 home victory over Hoffenheim in the battle against relegation.
Ji Dong-Won scored in the 45th minute for Augsburg and Sascha Molders made it 2-0 in the 79th minute before Igor de Camargo made things interesting with his goal two minutes into injury time.
Augsburg have lost just one of their last seven matches to improve to 18 points and overtake Hoffenheim, who have just one win in their last 13 matches and remain on 16 points.
Stuttgart were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Nurnberg as their Europa League exertions perhaps caught up with them.
Ibrahima Traore gave Stuttgart the lead six minutes into the second half but they failed to hold on with Markus Feulner grabbing the equaliser after 77 minutes.
The result helps both sides move further away from the relegation zone, but it was clearly Nurnberg who were happier at the final whistle.
Wolfsburg earned a 1-1 draw despite playing with 10 men for an hour at Mainz, who missed a chance to make up ground in the fight for the European spots.
Niki Zimling gave Mainz the lead after five minutes and Naldo equalised in the 15th minute but Wolfsburg then went a man down at the half-hour mark when Alexander Madlung was shown the red card.
Mainz have lost just one of their last seven home matches to move to 33 points, one point from a Europa League qualification spot.
Wolfsburg, who have collected five away victories this season, improved to 27 points, nine points clear of the relegation ranks.
The sixth and final game on Saturday also produced goals for both sides, with Schalke seeing off Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1.
Defender Joel Matip gave Schalke the lead in the 29th minute and won it nine minutes from time, after Axel Bellinghausen had equalised for the visitors 11 minutes into the second half.
On Friday night, Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt shared a goalless draw in a game of two halves at the Dreisamstadion.
The visitors had the better of the first half and created several chances to take the lead, while Freiburg responded well in the second, going even closer to breaking the deadlock.