Rounding off Matchday 30 on Sunday were 1. FC Nuremberg and Greuther Fürth. 19-year-old Johannes Geis (r.) was the hero for the bottom club, netting a superb goal to hand the Clover Leaves a 1-0 win, giving them renewed hope of a relegation-avoiding miracle
The midfielder's sweetly struck left-footed drive from 20 yards was his first ever goal as a professional
Hiroshi Kiyotake (l.) did his best to orchestrate a fightback and the hosts twice hit the woodwork...
...while Fürth keeper Wolfgang Hesl made a handful of fine saves to keep a rare clean sheet
In Sunday's earlier game, VfB Stuttgart celebrated winning their second south-west derby win over SC Freiburg within a matter of days, dispatching them 2-1
Christian Gentner (l.) and Martin Harnik (r.) combined superbly to put Stuttgart in front in the 33rd minute
Vedad Ibisevic doubled the hosts' lead just before half time, ruthlessly punishing a series of defensive errors by Freiburg
Defender Arthur Boka (l.) and coach Bruno Labbadia are all smiles as the win moves the Swabians up to tenth in the standings
The problems mount for Werder Bremen - a 3-0 home loss to VfL Wolfsburg in the late Saturday kick-off leaves
Wolves prodigy Maximilian Arnold got the visitors up and running in the 13th minute - a week after
With still less than half an hour on the clock, Ivica Olic left the Green-Whites with a mini-mountain to climb as he fired VfL 2-0 up
And while the visitors from Lower Saxony celebrated that one...
...Werder coach Thomas Schaaf contemplated his options as yet another game threatened to slip away from his team
It only got worse for the hosts after the interval as their former playmaker Diego slotted the visitors 3-0 up from the spot. The win
FC Bayern had lost on three of their last four visits to Hannover, but there was to be no repeat of that as they hammered the Lower Saxons in the north German sunshine
After an own goal from the hosts’ Lars Stindl, Franck Ribery nutmegged the keeper for
It was turning into a day to forget for Hannover captain Steven Cherundolo, who was making a club record 298th Bundesliga appearance
The second period brought no respite for the hosts, as Mario Gomez steered in a fourth, his tenth goal against Hannover in 14 league and cup games…
…before Claudio Pizarro crowned a superb individual performance with a late brace to go with
Bayern now go into next Tuesday’s clash with FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League full of confidence, as well having
No sooner had the whistle blown for kick-off than the ball was in the back of the net at the Signal Iduna Park - dispatched there
The hosts continued to dominate proceedings from there on in, albeit in not quite such an explosive fashion -
Mainz keeper Christian Wetklo (m.), at fault for Borussia's early goal, pulled off a couple of good stops to keep his side in it through to half time
Into the second half and BVB continued to apply the pressure, but 1-0 it remained - was Robert Lewandowski's scoring streak destined to end at eleven games?
Nuri Sahin (r.) set up Reus for a second with a glorious pass, but that chance came to naught as well
But with just three minutes of regulation time remaining, Lewandowski got his goal - and the points,
And that was in part thanks to Ruhr district neighbours Schalke 04 going down to a single-goal defeat at
...veteran Frankfurt keeper Oka Nikolov having just saved his penalty, awarded for a handball against Stefan Aigner
At the other end, Marco Russ rose to power home what would prove the only goal of the contest for the hosts four minutes before the break...
...much to the evident delight of head coach Armin Veh (m.) on the touchline
Fans' favourite Nikolov, standing in for injured first-choice custodian Kevin Trapp, kept Frankfurt in front with a series of fine saves...
...as Takashi Inui (l., against his Japanese compatriot Atsuto Uchida) and Co held on for a vital win, which moves them back to within a point
Bayer Leverkusen made the most of Schalke's slip-up, further cementing third place with a 5-0 rout of
...did most of the damage with a brace apiece, Kießling (2.r.) getting the ball rolling in the 16th minute. Bayer passed up a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 soon after...
...when Simon Rolfes had a penalty saved by guest keeper Koen Casteels. But, with Eugen Polanski having been sent off for the foul that brought it about...
...the home side soon made their man-advantage tell, Schürrle rattling them 2-0 in front with just over half an hour played
Bayer had to wait until midway through the second half for their third goal, but when Kießling stuck it away, it was effectively game over
Schürrle (r.) nabbed his own second just four minutes on from that, and in the 79th minute Stefan Reinartz (l.)
Hamburger SV were chasing three points towards a possible place in Europe at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf,
Defeat it would be, though, with Rafael van der Vaart the matchwinner for the Red Shorts on the day. The Dutch midfield star put them in front in the 14th minute...
...took his dues from his teammates and, six minutes later, struck again to make it 2-0
The Hamburg playmaker had Andreas Lambertz (l.) and the rest of the Fortuna defence on permanent alert early on...
...and while the visitors did pull one back before the interval, HSV hung on for the three points that take them right back
Objective achieved: Borussia Mönchengladbach moved back into the European places, for the time being at least, after a 1-0 home win against FC Augsburg in Matchday 30's Friday evening opener
The only goal of the contest came from a 26th-minute penalty - Augsburg’s Kevin Vogt was sent off for a last-man challenge on Gladbach's Peniel Mlapa, and Filip Daems (r.) stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick
Augsburg looked to South Korean international Dong-Won Ji (l.) for inspiration after his brace against Frankfurt last week, but with the Bavarians down to ten men, the 22-year-old saw little of the ball
Juan Arango (2nd l.) produced some moments of danger with his trusted left foot but the first hour passed by without much incident, with the Foals unable to make the best use of their man advantage
As Augsburg tired towards the end of the game, Gladbach passed up a host of opportunities to kill off the tie, and they might have paid a dear price had Knowledge Musona (l.) converted the chance presented to him on 90 minutes
As it was, though, the hosts were able to hold on. It what was not their best performance but an important victory nonetheless. Augsburg’s frustrations were evident at full time; they remain in 16th place, the relegation play-off spot