VfL Bochum manager Andreas Bergmann was furious with referee Felix Zwayer after he disallowed Mirkan Aydin’s late goal in their match at Werder Bremen, which would have earned them a much-needed point. The three sides immediately above them all picked up points, leaving Bochum cut-off at the bottom of the table.
Julian Schieber’s second-half hat-trick for Dortmund in their 4-1 win over Nürnberg saw them re-open a five-point gap over Schalke, a performance which earned him the T-Mobile Spieler des Tages award. Mario Götze also made the Team of the Week.
Elsewhere, Andriy Voronin scored twice in thirty seconds to give Frankfurt a two-goal lead at home to Gladbach, but it finished 2-2 after the visitors fought back after the break. With Schalke dropping points at Fürth, Bayern Munich (who didn’t play) now have two games in hand and a huge opportunity to steal second-place.
Mainz host Leverkusen on Wednesday night in the race for fourth-place.
DORTMUND 4-1 NURNBERG Lewandowski 7 Schieber 49,83,90 DUSSELDORF 2-0 HAMBURG Tonel 26 Funk 34pen FRANKFURT 2-2 MONCHENGLADBACH Voronin 7,8 Hanke 47 Domínguez 63 FURTH 1-1 SCHALKE Prib 61 Mikel 23 (Schmidtgal s/o 66) LEVERKUSEN 4-2 FREIBURG Schürrle 2 Hedenstad 40 Kießling 5,37 Freis 52 Reinartz 45 MAINZ 1-1 HANNOVER Ivanschitz 24 Sobiech 16 WERDER BREMEN 1-0 BOCHUM Chibuike 41 WOLFSBURG 0-1 KOLN Takyi 7 (Bayern Munich v. Stuttgart postponed until 16 April)
WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH Mainz v. Leverkusen FRIDAY 28 MARCH Köln v. Fürth SATURDAY 29 MARCH Bayern Munich v. Werder Bremen Bochum v. Frankfurt Freiburg v. Düsseldorf Hamburg v. Mainz Nürnberg v. Leverkusen Stuttgart v. Hanover SUNDAY 30 MARCH Mönchengladbach v. Wolfsburg Schalke v. Dortmund