Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Lukasz Piszczek's (l., against Franck Ribery) Borussia Dortmund were hoping to narrow the gap on runaway leaders Bayern Munich in <br>the Matchday 15 clash of the titans It was the Bundesliga record champions who opened the deadlock a good hour into the game though, when Toni Kroos' strike left <br>BVB's in-form keeper Roman Weidenfeller with no chance However, their joy was short-lived as Mario Götze (r.) levelled matters for the defending champions <br>only seven minutes later - and 1-1 it finished There was bad news for Bayern in the first half, though, when Holger Badstuber suffered torn knee ligaments<br> - an injury which will keep the 23-year-old central defender sidelined for much of the rest of the season Dortmund then lost 3-2 at home to VfL Wolfsburg where Diego (2nd l.) struck once and provided assists for the other goals. <br>This left Bayern twelve points ahead of the third-placed Yellow-Blacks going into the winter break... ...with Bayer Leverkusen their closest rivals, despite a setback at Hannover 96 on Matchday 16,<br> when Szabolcs Huszti (r.) netted two penalties as the hosts ran out 3-2 winners Takashi Inui (r.) scored in Eintracht Frankfurt's concluding 2-0 away win at Wolfsburg to help the promoted side to a <br>sensational fourth place, level on points with champions Dortmund SC Freiburg's 3-1 victory at Schalke 04, where Jan Rosenthal (l.) struck a brace, rounded off the surprise package's sensational<br> first half of the season, which Christian Streich's men finished in fifth place Meanwhile, Schalke reacted to a streak of six games without a win, dismissing head coach Huub Stevens Twelve points from 15 matches didn't quite match 1899 Hoffenheim's ambitions. The club parted company with coach Markus Babbel (l.) in the wake of the<br> 4-1 home defeat to Werder Bremen and are hoping that his successor Marco Kurz will be able to turn their fortunes around Home victories against both Hannover and VfB Stuttgart saw Nicolai Müller's (l.) Mainz 05 take a sensational sixth place. However, with<br> the Bundesliga so tight in mid-table, the gap to 15th-ranked Wolfsburg is only seven points Despite losing to Molde FK in their final UEFA Europa League group game, Stuttgart made it an historic seven out of seven in European competitions, joining the six German clubs that had already qualified for the knock-out stages of this competition and the UEFA Champions League Borussia Mönchengladbach finished their Europa League group stage campaign in style, winning 3-0 win at Fenerbahce SK, with<br> striker Luuk de Jong (c.) scoring his first goal after a lengthy injury spell
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