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VfB Stuttgart put an end to their run of five straight defeats with a moral-boosting 1-0 win against 1899 Hoffenheim in the Schwaben derby Bruno Labbadia's men got off to the perfect start when Martin Harnik (c.) stooped in to head VfB in front inside the opening four minutes The Austrian international (l.) has now scored three of his four goals this season with his head Vedad Ibisevic (r.), who hasn't scored in 497 minutes of competitive action, struggled to impose himself in the final third against his former club... ...and though Hoffenheim dug in, hoping to rustle up an equaliser, it just wasn't to be for the <br>Sinsheim side as they fell further behind their local rivals in their bid to survive the season 1. FC Nuremberg twice had to come from behind in their 2-2 draw at home to Hannover 96 <br>as they stretched their unbeaten streak to seven matches in front of home support Nuremberg established an early control on proceedings with Tomas Pekhart (l.) and Hiroshi Kiyotake both squandering chances... ...but when Szabolcs Huszti (r.) was afforded time and space on the edge of the box, <br>Hannover's Hugarian international made no mistake in bagging his eighth goal of the season Nuremberg pushed forward in search of a response as Timm Klose (c.) levelled the scores getting the all-importamt flick on Kiyotake's free-kick However, a miscommunication in Nuremberg's back line looked to have allowed Mohammed Abdellaoue (r.) <br>to score the winning goal, only for Sebastian Polter to poke home an equaliser in injury time Marco Reus (r.) and Mario Götze (l.) with their trademark celebration after the former opened <br> the scoring for Borussia Dortmund at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday evening The 23-year-old was merciless right from the off, slotting past Kevin Trapp in the eigth minute... ...before scoring his and Dortmund's second just 94 seconds later to seemingly settle the tie within the first ten minutes However, Julian Schieber - who was in the lone-striker's role in place of the suspended <br> Robert Lewandowski - was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 31st minute Try as they might, Frankfurt could not get close to their hosts' goal. Takashi Inui's (top) sending off <br> towards the end of the game ended any hopes the Eagles had of a fightback In the end though, the night belonged to hat-trick hero Reus (centre of the huddle) as Dortmund successfully defended second spot in the table Augsburg started out well away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but it was the hosts who produced <br> the better chances, forcing keeper Alex Manninger (r.) into several decent saves There was nothing the custodian could do about Stefan Kießling's (c.) diving header after 26 minutes though, putting the <i>Werkself</i> 1-0 up It was the prolific striker's 15th Bundesliga goal of the season, taking him top of the scorers chart alongside Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic The second half was every bit as competitive as the opening 45 minutes - here Lars Bender (l.) and Marcel de Jong (r.) tussle for possession Bender himself made it 2-0 in the second half, finishing off a swift counterattack. Sascha Mölders <br> pulled one back for the guests, but Sami Hyypiä's men ran out 2-1 winners 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 pulled out all the stops in their encounter, but in the end neither side could secure all three points on Saturday afternoon After Andreas Ivanschitz had given the hosts the lead, Schalke fought back and conjured up a response through Michel Bastos (c.) that quietened the home supporters Zdenek Pospech (r.) had them roaring again just past the hour mark, though, as he marched into the box <br> uncontested before firing in a fierce effort from a tight angle that left Timo Hildebrand no chance However, Bastos (front) came to the Royal Blues' rescue for a second time late on to ensure the European hopefuls' blushes were spared with his match-saving brace At the Imtech Arena, Hamburg were looking for a win over Gladbach that would see them wrap up consecutive league victories for the first time this season And they got off to the perfect start as Rafael van der Vaart (r.) sent an unstoppable drive into the top corner for the opening goal It was the Dutchman's second of the season, the first also coming against Gladbach back in September Patrick Herrrmann (l.) carried the Foals' best threat in the second half, but German international Heiko Westermann (r.) & Co. defended stoutly to see out a narrow victory Bremen and Mehmet Ekici (r.) had the chance to seal a third league win on the bounce at home to Freiburg Things got off to a poor start for the home side, however, as Max Kruse fired <i>die Breisgauer</i> in front in the first half Nils Petersen (l.) then levelled for the hosts with a composed finish from Kevin de Bruyne's pass... ...but Freiburg went back in front with a Daniel Caligiuri (r.) penalty, going on to win the match thanks to defender Matthias Gintner's strike Fortuna Düsseldorf made it five wins in their last six on home soil as they beat cellar dwellers Greuther Fürth 1-0 <br> to give themselves some extra breathing room above the dreaded drop zone Axel Bellinghausen (l.) opened the scoring when he latched onto Matthias Zimmermann's (r.) poor back pass before slotting the ball between the legs of Wolfgang Hesl It turned out to be the only goal of the game as Joszef Varga (c.) was sent for an early shower for picking up two <br> yellow cards in the first half, denying the Clover Leaves the chance of making a comeback in the match The FC Bayern Munich express train powered on with a 2-0 victory away to VfL Wolfsburg in Matchday 22's Friday night opener The Wolves, led by attacking fulcrum Diego (l.) gave the league leaders plenty to think about in the early stages However, this spectacular overhead kick from Mario Mandzukic (2nd l.) broke the deadlock with just over half <br>an hour played - it was the Croatian's 15th goal of the season and his third against former club Wolfsburg Despite his best efforts not to celebrate, there was no masking the smile on Mandzukic's face after a special strike Manuel Neuer (r.) made this stunning fingertip save to deny Diego's curling free-kick in the second half Despite their best efforts towards the end, Wolfsburg were left standing as Arjen Robben (r.) was played <br>in behind and finished emphatically to complete a tenth away victory of the season for Bayern
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