Hoffenheim avenge ghost goal
A review of the weekend's action so far in the German Bundesliga.
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Bayer Leverkusen's winless streak was extended to nine matches as Hoffenheim gained revenge for a ghost goal in the reverse fixture with a 3-2 Bundesliga win at the BayArena on Sunday.
A Sejad Salihovic penalty gave the guests the lead early on, but Stefan Kiessling pulled Leverkusen level.
Kevin Volland immediately restored Hoffenheim's lead, which they took into the break before being pegged back once again by Simon Rolfes.
Anthony Modeste then grabbed a last-gasp winner for Markus Gisdol's side, earning them one of their sweetest wins of the season, particularly in view of what happened in Sinsheim earlier this season.
Back then, a Kiessling header which entered the goal through a hole in the side netting helped Leverkusen to a 2-1 win.
Eintracht Frankfurt took a big step away from the relegation zone by claiming a convincing 5-2 win over fellow strugglers Nurnberg.
Tranquillo Barnetta gave Armin Veh's men the lead and further goals from Joselu and Alexander Madlung put them in command of the game.
Nurnberg, who had Javier Pinola sent off, mounted a spirited recovery with Josip Drmic and Jose Campana bringing them back to within sight of the draw, but two late goals from Joselu and Vaclav Kadlec sealed Frankfurt's win.
On Saturday, Bayern Munich extended their winning streak in the Bundesliga to 18 games but the title party remained on hold after a 2-0 triumph at Mainz.
After suffering for an hour, Bayern emerged from their shells to show why no German side has managed to beat them in 51 attempts.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze sealed victory with goals inside the final 10 minutes, but with Borussia Dortmund winning against Hannover it means Bayern will have to wait just a few days longer before being officially crowned Bundesliga champions again.
Goals from Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus earned Jurgen Klopp's side all three points to keep Dortmund in second place and delay the inevitable, with Bayern Munich's win over Mainz not quite enough to clinch the league trophy.
With 23 points separating the leading two sides and eight rounds of games to go, however, Dortmund know they are only playing for second place.
Schalke bounced back from Tuesday's Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid with a 3-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig.
Leon Goretzka got the ball rolling after 17 minutes before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted a superb free-kick on 66 minutes to make it 2-0.
Eintracht Braunschweig pulled one back through Omar Elabdellaoui's deflected strike on 81 minutes but it was not enough to deny Schalke, who wrapped up the win with a stoppage-time third from Adam Szalai.
Borussia Monchengladbach moved up to fifth in the table, just two points adrift of fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin.
Juan Arango put the Foals in front in the 28th minute before sending in the ball which Adrian Ramos put into his own net to double their lead.
Raffael then added a third as Lucien Favre's side overpowered Berlin, probably ending any lingering hopes they had of playing in Europe next season.
European hopefuls Wolfsburg and Augsburg shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Volkswagen Arena.
Tobias Werner put the visitors in front with three minutes remaining in the first half, but Ivica Olic equalised for Wolfsburg late in the match.
Alexandru Maxim came off the bench to hit the only goal as Stuttgart claimed a 1-0 win over 10-man Hamburg in their crunch relegation clash.
Hakan Calhanoglu was dismissed in the 53rd minute for his second bookable offence and Maxim's goal 16 minutes later handed Stuttgart their first win in 10 games and saw them leapfrog their opponents and move out of the drop zone.
Freiburg moved out of the relegation zone on Friday night courtesy of their second straight win - a 3-1 home triumph over Werder Bremen.
Julian Schuster gave the hosts the lead after 15 minutes, with Felix Klaus adding a second early in the second half.
Admir Mehmedi made it three on the hour mark, with Nils Petersen's 70th-minute strike nothing more than a consolation for Robin Dutt's visitors.