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Borussia Dortmund celebrate leapfrogging rivals Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the standings after an enthralling victory on Sunday evening Marco Reus (c.) fired the visitors to a dream start away to Bayer Leverkusen, lobbing the defending Bundesliga champions in front after just three minutes... ...before Jakub Blaszczykowski (r.) tucked away a penalty six minutes later to make it 2-0 after his compatriot Robert Lewandowski had been felled Leverkusen defender Daniel Carvajal (l.) tries to get to grips with Mario Götze (r.) in a frenetic encounter which produced plenty of chances... ...such as this one for Götze which narrowly missed the target... ...while at the other end Gonzalo Castro didn't get his technique quite right, miscuing his effort when well placed Stefan Reinartz's (l.) quickfire double shortly after the restart kept things interesting, but a poor backpass from Philipp Wollscheid (r.)... ...allowed Robert Lewandowski (r.) to pounce on an open goal and restore Dortmund's one-goal advantage Leverkusen threw the kitchen sink at the reigning titleholders late on, but couldn't find a third goal <br> to preserve their unbeaten home record under Sami Hyypiä and Sascha Lewandowski Patrick Herrmann (c.) and his Gladbach team-mates huddle together for some last-minute words of advice ahead of Sunday afternoon's match away to 1. FC Nuremberg It was seemingly of little help as Timmy Simons (2nd. l) put the hosts in front from <br> the penatly spot in the fourth minute, sending goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (c.) the wrong way After Tomas Pekhart doubled Nuremberg's lead on the half hour mark, Gladbach winger Herrmann (c. against USA international Timothy Chandler, r.) <br> got the Foals back in the game with a powerful strike New Nuremberg signing, Japanese midfielder Mu Kanazaki, had to be content with a place on the bench... ...while his compatriot Hiroshi Kiyotake (r.) tried his best to rob Gladbach playmaker Juan Arango (l.) of the ball. <br> The Venezuela international went close with a free-kick, but was ultimately unable to inspire a comeback for the Foals, who lost 2-1 FC Bayern Munich celebrate yet another victory after convincingly beating 1. FSV Mainz 05 3-0 away Germany international Toni Kroos (l.) was superb in attacking midfield and gave a sublime assist for... ...Thomas Müller (l.) to open the scoring just before half-time. It was the 23-year-old's eleventh goal of the season Javier Martinez (l.) was imperious as a holding midfielder, completing over 95 per cent of his passes and winning 60 per cent of all duels Mario Mandzukic (2nd l.) flicks home his first and Bayern's second of the afternoon after superb play by left-back David Alaba In Saturday's evening game, Takashi Inui (c.) ran the show for Eintracht Frankfurt as they looked to end Hamburg's run of four straight home wins... ...which they duly did thanks to a brace from new signing Srdjan Lakic (c.), brought in on a long-term loan from Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg The Eagles celebrated their eleventh win of the campaign so far - a club record at this stage of a season in the top flight Elsewhere, Australian international Robbie Kruse was the main man for Fortuna Düsseldorf at home to VfB Stuttgart, scoring the first two goals in his side's 3-2 win Japan international Gotoku Sakai (r.) and his Stuttgart colleagues may have had more of the ball, but Düsseldorf were ruthlessly efficient on the counterattack It was a vital victory for Norbert Meier's men, who gave themselves some much needed breathing space above the relegation zone The pictures said a thousand words in Schalke, with defender Joel Matip reflecting what fans and <br> players alike felt after the Royal Blues' 2-1 home defeat against bottom club Greuther Fürth It had all looked so different earlier on, as Brazil international and new signing Michel Bastos (c.) struck a sensational goal with the outside of his left boot Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar endured another frustrating afternoon. The striker has not scored in the Bundesliga since Matchday 14 A looping last-minute header from Nikola Djurdjic (not pictured) over Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand (c.) gave Fürth an unlikely win In Wolfsburg, Brazilian centre-back Naldo (r. with Vieirinha) takes the applause after giving the Wolves the lead against Ausgburg But Jan Moravek (l.) equalised just two minutes later after a smart through ball from South Korea international Ja-Cheol Koo (r.) SC Freiburg appeared to be on their way to another impressive result - this time away at 1899 Hoffenheim - <br> when striker Max Kruse gave them the lead as early as the fourth minute But a brace from Kevin Volland (r.) turned the game on its head as the hosts eventually ran out 2-1 victors... ...much to the delight of new goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes <b>Werder Bremen</b>, still seeking their first point of 2013, kicked off Matchday 20 at home to <b>Hannover 96</b> on Friday evening The Green-Whites made the running from the off - defender Sokratis (r.) has 96ers frontman Mame Diouf on the back foot here The Greek centre back could hardly believe his luck - or lack of it - as Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler pulled off a couple of great saves to deny him early on Already stricken by a rash of injuries, suspensions and Africa Cup absentees, Hannover suffered a further blow when Mo Abdellaoue limped off before half time Head coach Mirko Slomka reorganised his ranks tough and the 96ers continued to look dangerous on the break after the restart as Bremen pressed - seemingly in vain... ...until Nils Petersen (2.r.) finally broke the deadlock with a crisp near-post finish in the 85th minute Petersen even found time to round off a great move with his own second, to put a much-needed result beyond doubt for Thomas Schaaf's troops
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