Stuttgart took a significant step to moving clear of the relegation zone with a 4-2 away win over Eintracht Frankfurt in one of five Bundesliga matches which took place on Saturday afternoon.
Frankfurt 2-4 VfB Stuttgart
The visiting side were 2-0 up at the break, thanks to goals by Christian Gentner on 27 minutes and Daniel Didavi in first-half added time.
Alexander Meier gave Eintracht hope with a 52nd-minute goal, only for Georg Niedermeier to put Stuttgart 3-1 up 13 minutes later. A Filip Kostic penalty in the 14th minute put the outcome beyond doubt, despite Stuttgart ending the game with 10 men after Didavi was sent off midway through the second period. Eintracht did score again through Szabolcs Huszti, but his 90th-minute goal was nothing more than a consolation.
Hannover 96 0-1 Mainz 05
Jairo Samperio’s goal on 24 minutes proved to enough to win the game for the away side in a tight game played at the HDI-Arena.
Hertha Berlin 0-0 BVB Dortmund
These two clubs, occupying third and second positions in the Bundesliga table respectively, failed to make up ground on leaders Bayern München after their stalemate at the Olympiastadion Berlin.
FC Ingolstadt 2-1 FC Augsburg
Konstantinos Stafylidis put the visiting team ahead with a 14th-minute goal, but Ingolstadt hit back with two goals in the second stanza, through Marvin Matip (59′) and Moritz Hartmann, who got the winner five minutes from time.
Schalke 04 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Schalke produced an dominant performance at the Veltins-Arena, as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (24′) and Johannes Geis (35′) goals gave them a 2-0 half-time lead before Allesandro Schöpf scored a third three minutes from time.