Away joy for Dortmund
A review of the weekend's action in Germany's Bundesliga as Borrusia Dortmund claimed a Sunday success.
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Sebastian Kehl pushed his former club Freiburg closer to relegation with the only goal of the game as Borussia Dortmund triumphed 1-0 at the Dreisamstadion on Sunday.
Kehl's match-winner just before the hour came during an improved second-half performance from Dortmund, who were not at the races in the first 45 minutes.
Jurgen Klopp's men had chances to add a second late on as Freiburg ran out of steam, losing for the sixth time at home this season and remaining second from the bottom of the Bundesliga after missing the chance to move out of the relegation zone.
Mainz were denied the chance of moving up to fifth in the Bundesliga by Hertha Berlin, who kept their own hopes of qualifying for Europe next season alive with a 1-1 draw.
Adrian Ramos put the visitors in front before an Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting penalty levelled matters and ensured both sides can still dream of European football next season.
Only goal difference separates Mainz from the top six, with Hertha just two points further behind with 10 games of the season to go.
On Saturday, Bayern Munich underlined their Bundesliga superiority once again, coming from behind to beat Wolfsburg 6-1 at the VW-Arena.
The game was at risk until only a few hours before kick-off due to an electrical blackout in the region, but the power supply was restored in time and it was Wolfsburg who sparked into life first as Naldo gave them the lead.
But a Thomas Muller hat-trick and two goals from Mario Mandzukic helped Bayern to another win.
Franck Ribery also marked his comeback with a goal in yet another demonstration of the strength of the champions elect, sending out a clear warning to their midweek Champions League opponents Arsenal.
Bayer Leverkusen brought an end to their five-game losing streak, although they were only able to pick up a point in Hannover.
The hosts missed a penalty early on with Szabolcs Huszti denied by Bernd Leno before Gonzalo Castro's deflected effort put Leverkusen in front, rather against the run of play.
Artjoms Rudnevs levelled, but he then wasted the best chance to win the match late on with Tayfun Korkut's men closer to victory.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty as Schalke beat Hoffenheim 4-0.
The Dutchman put the Royal Blues in command within half an hour before wasting the chance to wrap things up from the penalty spot.
It did not prove to be a costly miss, though, as former Hoffenheim forward Chinedu Obasi made it three before Huntelaar completed the scoring and snatched the matchball.
Augsburg kept up their push for a place in Europe next season with a 2-1 victory at Borussia Monchengladbach, who remained winless in 2014.
Halil Altintop's overhead kick brought Augsburg level after Raffael had given the Foals the lead.
And Tobias Werner then scored the winner 10 minutes from time to lift Markus Weinzierl's men above their hosts and Mainz, who play on Sunday, and into sixth place in the standings.
At the bottom of the table, Freiburg were the beneficiaries as the teams around them all drew.
Rock-bottom Eintracht Braunschweig drew 2-2 against the team above the drop zone, Stuttgart, who brought an end to their eight-game losing streak but may not have done enough to keep coach Thomas Schneider in a job.
Jan Hochscheidt gave the visitors the lead and though Alexandru Maxim and Martin Harnik turned the game on its head to leave Stuttgart ahead going into the final 10 minutes, they were denied by Ermin Bicakcic's goal eight minutes from time.
Hamburg, in the relegation play-off berth, drew 1-1 with 12th-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.
Alexander Madlung gave the visitors a first-half lead but Hakan Calhanoglu's penalty levelled matters.
In the evening kick-off, Werder Bremen picked up an important three points in their battle to beat the Bundesliga drop with a 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Nurnberg.
The margin of victory could even have been greater, had Aaron Hunt not made a commendable gesture in turning down a penalty in the second half, telling the referee to change his mind after getting his foot caught in the ground.
By then, Bremen were already two goals to the good with Franco Di Santo and Philipp Bargfrede sealing all three points for Robin Dutt's men.
The win lifts them eight points clear of the relegation zone, and leaves Nurnberg five points in their wake.