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Matchday 21 rounded out on Sunday with the meeting of SC Freiburg - still in search of a win in 2013 - and improving Fortuna Düsseldorf The game got off to a lively start, with hosts Freiburg having the better of a scoreless first half - Max Kruse (l., against Robert Tesche) teeing up Jonathan Schmid for a shot that hit the post Fortuna gradually got up to working temperature after the interval, but chances remained in short supply for Robbie Kruse and Co., and to make matters worse.. ...Pavel Krmas then headed home from an 87th-minute corner to secure Freiburg their first-ever Bundesliga victory over Düsseldorf In Sunday's early kick-off, FC Augsburg hosted Mainz 05 at the SGL Arena. Going into the game, Sascha Mölders' (r.) Augsburg were the only side apart from leaders Bayern who were still unbeaten in the second half of the season The hosts began the game strongly, but it was Mainz that struck first blood through their go-to man when it comes to scoring goals, striker Adam Szalai (m.). He notched his 12th of the season, which is now a record total for Hungarian players in the Bundesliga Moments later, though, Augsburg were given a route back into the game when Shawn Parker (r.) was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on the stroke of half time It gave the hosts a huge boost and Mölders (l.) continued his excellent run of scoring when he headed in unchallenged for his seventh goal in eleven Bundesliga appearances this season There still remained time for a winner, and Augsburg looked the side to grab it. They had seventeen shots in the second half alone, but Mainz dug in deep and managed to take a well-earned point home with them from Bavaria Saturday's action wound down in the Allianz Arena where FC Bayern took on Schalke, looking to extend <br> their lead at the top of the table and record a fifth straight league win against the Gelsenkirchen outfit One highly interesting individual duel took place in midfield, where Schalke's engine room Jermaine Jones (l.) came up against the Reds' Javi Martinez (r.) After a solid, if slightly timid start, Schalke fell behind when David Alaba (r.) scored a penalty after Franck Ribery had been fouled in the area And not long afterwards it was 2-0 from another set-piece, as Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) netted a superb free-kick Schalke, with Finnish international Teemu Pukki (r.) leading the attack, attempted a fightback but a Bayern defence led by Dante (l.) was simply too strong for them Soon after the restart it was 3-0 as Alaba (3. l.) tapped home from a Mario Gomez cutback, before Gomez himself then crowned his appearance with the fourth goal The Reds might have added to their tally still, but they rather took their foot off the gas in the latter stages. Nevertheless, <br> they now have a formidable lead of 15 points at the top of the league Hamburger SV completed a league double over Borussia Dortmund for the first time since the 2007/08 season with a resounding 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon Polish international Robert Lewandowski capitalised on a defensive error to open the scoring just <br> past the quarter-hour mark with a neat finish, his 14th of the current campaign... ...but though the home fans weren't happy when Heung Min Son put Hamburg in front following Artjom Rudnevs' equaliser... ...things went from bad to worse as the Pole picked up a straight red for a rash challenge and with it an early bath as the game turned well and truly in Hamburg's favour The visitors refused to take their foot of the pedal though, as they pushed forward in search of more goals with first Rudnevs... ...and then Son bagging their braces to take advantage of a depleted Dortmund side despite Jeffrey Bruma also being sent off before the final whistle Rafael van der Vaart and Co. were all smiles at the final whistle as they celebrated collecting their ninth win of the season The Rhineland derby between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen served up a six-goal thriller, but no winner on Matchday 21 Despite Leverkusen's dominance in proceedings, Austrian international Martin Stranzl (l.) put the hosts ahead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time... ...but Leverkusen responded soon after the restart as Sidney Sam, making his first start in over three months, curled home an equaliser Luuk de Jong put the Foals back in front, but his effort was cancelled out within seconds as Stefan Kießling (l.) netted the 100th goal of his Bundesliga career Bayer 04 were on the front foot and took the lead for the first time in the match when Andre Schürrle slotted home just past the hour mark... ...yet there was a late sting in the tail for the team in third place as Patrick Herrmann (2. l.) headed <br> home a late leveller to ensure both sides took home a share of the spoils VfB Stuttgart's rotten run of form continued as they remain the only team yet to win in 2013, <br> falling this time to Werder Bremen, who collected their first away win of the New Year Mehmet Ekici (l.) broke the deadlock with his first goal since September 2011, before Aaron Hunt (r.) restored the visitors lead... ...after Ibrahima Traore had pulled his side level with an unstoppable back-post volley that had Sebastian Mielitz beaten all ends up However, Bremen never looked like losing as Ekici (r.) bagged his brace, while Kevin de Bruyne wrapped <br> up the scoring with a late lob to ensure Bremen won back-to-back matches for the first time this season Takashi Usami and 1899 Hoffenheim travelled to Hannover hoping to build on their solid performance against Baden rivals SC Freiburg from the previous Matchday... ...but got off to a terrible start when Mame Biram Diouf (c.) beat Heurelho Gomes (r.) in the air to head the Reds into the lead It was the Senegalese striker's ninth goal of the season and his sixth in the last eight matches, but the first he's scored with his head in the current campaign Hoffenheim fought back and engineered more chances than their hosts throughout the 90 minutes, <br> but couldn't fashion an equaliser as Hannover secured a narrow win to move within a point of the European places The Bundesliga's Japanese contingent was on show as Hiroshi Kiyotake (c.) and Mu Kanazaki (r.) <br> travelled with 1. FC Nuremberg to take on Takashi Inui's (l.) Eintracht Frankfurt Kiyotake was at the centre of Nuremberg's most promising moves as his creative streak posed the greatest threat in front of Frankfurt's goal Takashi Inui wasn't to be outdone by his compatriot and carved out chances of his own, but in the end neither side was able to break the deadlock It was the first clean sheet Frankfurt had kept on home soil and the first time they had been unable to score in front of their own fans this season It was no holds barred in the opening exchanges of Greuther Fürth's encounter with VfL Wolfsburg with <br> both teams in the hunt for valuable points near the foot of the table However, it was the Diego and Bas Dost (both c.) show, with a brief cameo from Vierinha (r.), that put the Wolves in the drivers seat  Fürth had their chances, but failed to convert as Dieter Hecking's side moved ten points clear of the relegation <br> places, leaving Greuther to continue propping up the rest of the league
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