Bayern Munich and Schalke both dropped points on Sunday, meaning that Mainz have leapfrogged them both into second place, and leaders Dortmund end the weekend with an eight-point gap over their title rivals.
The weekend of fixtures started with Borussia Mönchengladbach winning at Fürth, which combined with Hannover’s comeback win over Hamburg, saw them slip back into the bottom two.
Mainz’s rise up the table – they were 9th ten games ago – continued with a 2-1 win over Freiburg. They temporarily went third with the result, before Schalke lost 1-3 at Bayer Leverkusen to slip beneath Mainz on goal difference.
The 10 men of Bayern Munich escaped Eintracht Frankfurt with a 2-2 draw after Dante’s dismissal shortly after half-time. Bayern are nine points behind Dortmund, but do have a game in hand (and two over Mainz). Dortmund have to go to both Bayern and Schalke in the next four weeks in matches that will surely determine the destination of the title.
FRI 4TH APRIL FURTH 2-3 MONCHENGLADBACH Klaus 60 Hegeler 15 Schipplock 70 Wendt 35 Azemi 68 (og) SAT 5TH APRIL DORTMUND 4-1 KOLN Schmelzer 13 Lehmann 70 Schieber 20,51,77 DUSSELDORF 2-0 NURNBERG Risse 1 (Pekhart s/o 74) Rafael 29 HANNOVER 4-1 HAMBURG Sobiech 24 Jiracek 18 Felipe 30 Ojo 59,78 MAINZ 2-1 FREIBURG Sliskovic 30 Mujdza 85 Ivanschitz 48 WERDER BREMEN 0-2 STUTTGART Hajnal 32 Ibisevic 40 WOLFSBURG 1-0 BOCHUM Jönsson 37 SUN 6TH APRIL FRANKFURT 2-2 BAYERN MUNICH Vander 3 Mandzukic 16 Lanig 48 Ribéry 62 (Dante s/o 51) LEVERKUSEN 3-1 SCHALKE Kießling 7 Draxler 48 Schürrle 80 Wollschied 90