Szabolcs Huszti was Hannover 96’s hero in their 3-2 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen with two penalty goals
His fourth and fifth goals of the season, his second brace of the current campaign, got the Reds back on track after three defeats in their last four games
Gonzalo Castro (c.) had given Leverkusen the lead in the second minute...
...but Huszti swept in the first spot-kick to bring the Reds back on terms
Mame Diouf headed Hannover in front for the first time in the 56th minute...
...although his celebrations were short lived as the lead lasted just 60 seconds before Stefan Kießling levelled. Huszti’s second penalty then sealed victory.
In Sunday's early game , Mike Hanke (l.) was one of the heroes for Mönchengladbach at home to Mainz, netting the first goal for his second strike in three days
Chances had been few and far between in the opening half at Borussia Park, as guests Mainz kept things tight
Indeed, the first half was as tight an affair as has been seen in the league this season,
In the second half, though, it was the Foals' greater attacking intent that decided the game, and the
Eintracht Frankfurt rounded off Saturday's action on Matchday 16 in style as they came out on top in a five-goal thriller against SV Werder Bremen
There was nothing between the two sides during the first half with Frankfurt content controlling possession and Bremen sitting deep with the aim of breaking quickly
Alexander Meier opened the scoring in the second half, but soon saw his strike pegged back
However, a quick-fire double courtesy of Pirmin Schwegler's (l.) stunning effort and Stefan Aigner's
Takashi Inui's last-minute effort put the final nail in the coffin, rounding off a great win for Eintracht, who had previously gone three games without a win
Instant Impact: Mario Gomez (3rd r.) scored a goal just two minutes after his introduction from the
It had been an encouraging start from the home side, though, who troubled Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer on more
The first goal was going to be crucial, though, and it was Bayern that got it after a Gibril Sankoh's
Augsburg huffed and puffed in the second half and captain Daniel Baier (r.) was particularly industrious,
And the impact of that result was made even bigger by results elsewhere, notably at Signal Iduna
Dortmund had taken an early lead through Marco Reus (2nd l.), who curled in a superb free-kick inside the opening six minutes...
...but things took a turn for the worse as Marcel Schmelzer (front) was shown a straight red card for a handball
With a man advantage, Wolfsburg then went for the jugular and Naldo put them in front with a superb volley
It was an extremely disappointing day for the Yellow Blacks, who are now 13 points behind FC Bayern in the race to defend their Bundesliga title
It was a bad day for the Ruhr teams all round, as FC Schalke 04 also tasted defeat, going down 3-1 to VfB Stuttgart
Vedad Ibisevic (m.) was the Royal Blues' chief tormentor, scoring inside the opening two minutes, his first in a superb hat-trick
Schalke replied briefly through Ciprian Marica, and their cause was helped further by a red card shown to Gotoku Sakai for a dangerous lunge on Lewis Holtby (r.)
But Schalke suffered a red card themselves when Jermaine Jones was dismissed, and Huub Stevens’ side must now reflect on a fifth game without a league win
1. FC Nuremberg were also in need of a win at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf, and it was a predictably competitive affair in the easyCredit Stadium
The home side then went ahead in the first half when Sebastian Polter (r.) turned in a low cross from Markus Feulner (l.)...
...before Feulner then made sure of the points, slotting home in injury time for his second of the season
Bernd Nehrig (r.) of Greuther Fürth were in action against Jonathan Schmid (l.) and SC Freiburg
It was a task that proved too much for Mike Büskens' side, however, and they fell to a 1-0 defeat after Daniel Caligiuri's early goal settled things
The weekend's action began with Hamburger SV at home to 1899 Hoffenheim, and after a dominant display, it was the
Hoffenheim came into the game looking for an instant response to the appointment of Frank Kramer
Eren Derdiyok (l.) and Co. looked promising only in the opening stages when they created a number of opportunities
Rudnevs led the line fantastically for HSV and scored his first goal with a well-placed header, before side-footing in a second on 74 minutes
The result leaves Hoffenheim without a point from their last five encounters, while Hamburg saw out one of the more comfortable victories