VfL Wolfsburg edged out Borussia Monchengladbach in Saturday’s round of Bundesliga action, while FC Schalke 04 kept their Champions League hopes alive with a win over 1. FC Köln.
Dieter Hecking’s Wolves made it two wins on the bounce after clawing their way to a hard-fought victory at Volkswagen Arena.
The hosts raced into a two-goal lead thanks to early goals from Julian Draxler (15′) and Max Kruse (17′), before Raffael pulled one back for the visitors on 23 minutes to setup a tense finish to the encounter.
VfB Stuttgart, meanwhile, bolstered their survival prospects after hammering TSG Hoffenheim 5-1 at Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Goals from Georg Niedermeier (5′, 51′) and Lukas Rupp (42′) had the hosts three goals to the good early in the second half, before Andrej Kramaric pulled one back for the visitors in the 73rd minute.
But there was still time for Stuttgart to make it a rout, with Filip Kostic adding a fourth in the 78th minute and Timo Werner wrapping it up in the 83rd minute.
Bayer Leverkusen had to fight back from three goals down to earn a point from their clash with FC Augsburg at WWK Arena.
South Korean midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol banged in a hat trick within the first hour, starting the scoring as early as the fifth minute and making it three just before the hour mark.
But Leverkusen struck back in the remaining half an hour, with Karim Bellarabi pulling one back on the hour mark before Paul Verhaegh’s own goal let gave them a lifeline. The ref then awarded the hosts a penalty in the third minute of added time, with Hakan Calhanoglu keeping his cool to salvage a point.
Werder Bremen made light work of Hannover 96 in their match at Weserstadion, claiming a confident 4-1 win to pile more misery on the Bundesliga’s basement boys.
Fin Bartels opened the scoring in the 18th minute and veteran striker Claudio Pizarro added a second after 26 minute before Kenan Karaman pulled one back for the relegation favourites on the stroke of halftime.
But there was no comeback in the offing for Hannover, with Theodor Gebre Selassie adding to Werder’s lead in the 56th minute and Zlatko Junuzovic wrapping up the win in the 67th minute.
Eintracht Frankfurt left it late to take their share of the spoils at home against FC Ingolstadt at Commerzbank-Arena.
Moritz Hartmann put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after just eight minutes, but Marco Russ latched onto Marco Fabian’s assist in the 69th minute to salvage a point for the struggling hosts.
FC Schalke 04 were hardly troubled in their match against 1. FC Köln at RheinEnergieStadion, where they cruised to a 3-1 win.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring from the penalty spot in just the second minute of the match, before Max Meyer added a second in the 23rd minute.
Leonardo Bittencourt pulled one back for the hosts in the 33rd minute but Fabio Di Santo secured Schalke’s lead in the second half.
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
VfB Stuttgart 5-1 TSG Hoffenheim
FC Augsburg 3-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Werder Bremen 4-1 Hannover 96
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 FC Ingolstadt
1. FC Köln 1-3 FC Schalke 04