Son Heung-Min’s strike five minutes before the interval was enough to fire Hamburg to victory and fourth place against leaders Schalke, meaning that ahead of the Sunday fixtures that those two sides plus Dortmund are all on 50 points, two behind new leaders Leverkusen who beat Stuttgart 2-1 at home on Friday.
Timo Gebhart scored a hat-trick – his first goals of the season – as Hoffenheim beat Frankfurt 4-3 in a brilliant match at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena this afternoon. The visitors were in front inside sixty seconds through Olivier Occéan before slipping behind. Celozzi put Frankfurt level before Gebhart restored the lead. Occéan drew Stuttgart level at 3-3 before a last minute penalty gave Gebhart his treble and sealed the three points.
Wolfsburg slip two places to fifth after a 3-0 humbling at a Mönchengladbach side who have climbed out of the bottom two up to tenth after five consecutive wins. Alexander Merkel’s opener was joined by a Mike Hanke brace.
Werder Bremen condemned Augsburg to their sixth home defeat of the season with a 3-0 win at the SGL Arena. The win moves Bremen five points clear of the drop zone after Hertha Berlin lost by the same scoreline at Bayern Munich this evening, who climb back into the top six for the first time since September.
Nürnberg also won 3-0 today, seeing off the visit of Hannover who look condemned to second-tier football next season. Goals from Alexander Soderlund, Marcus Berg, and Nana Asare won the game in the first-half. Hannover are now twelve points from safety, with just seven games remaining. Defeats to Werder Bremen and Stuttgart in their next two matches could be the nail in the coffin.
Tomorrow sees Mainz host Freiburg, while Düsseldorf travel to Dortmund.