A staggering 28 goals hit the back of the net in today’s six 1.Bundesliga matches, with nine of them coming as Schalke pulled three points clear at the top with a 6-3 thrashing of Augsburg. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar put the hosts in front before Augsburg turned the score round through Matthias Ostrzolek and Edu.
Schalke then scored three times in seven first-half minutes to put themselves 4-2 up before extending the lead after the break. They move clear at the top, with Dortmund in action tomorrow evening.
FSV Mainz pulled-off one of the greatest Bundesliga comebacks after being three goals down at Stuttgart inside the final fifteen minutes. The home side were ahead through a Martin Harnik brace and an effort from Tunay Torun, but Anthony Ujah, Ádam Szalai and Andreas Lambertz drew Mainz level before stoppage time before Szalai won it late on.
Bayer Leverkusen have gone second tonight after a 2-0 win over Hamburg who stay fourth.Renato Augusto and Ömer Toprak scored in either half at the sold-out BayArena.
Elsewhere, Düsseldorf put five past the visiting Hertha Berlin after Maik Franz was sent-off for the away side midway through the first-half. There were also wins for Hoffenheim at Hannover, and Werder Bremen beat Gladbach with an early Mehmet Ekici goal.
BUNDESLIGA, MATCHDAY 22
VFL WOLFSBURG 0-0 BAYERN MUNICH
BAYER LEVERKUSEN 2-0 HAMBURGER SV
FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF 5-1 HERTHA BERLIN
Funk pen 12, pen 36 Lasogga 63
Lambertz 33, 90+3 Franz s/o 35
HANNOVER 1-2 TSG HOFFENHEIM
Lampard 69 Volland 28
SCHALKE 6-3 AUGSBURG
Huntelaar 13, 64 Ostrzolek 27
Höger 37 Edu 30
Papadopoulos 43 Langkamp 58
VFB STUTTGART 3-4 FSV MAINZ
Harnik 5, 68 Ujah 75
Torun 42 Szalai 84, 90
WERDER BREMEN 1-0 BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT - SC FREIBURG
FC NÜRNBERG - BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Dortmund will be without the suspended Marcel Schmelzer and injured Ivan Perisic (shoulder) for the trip to Nürnberg tomorrow, as they look to climb back to second-place and level on points with leaders Schalke after both they and Leverkusen won today.
Tomorrow’s hosts sit ninth, with just a three-point gap between them and Düsseldorf who occupy the final Europa League qualification spot. They boast the league’s second top-scorer in Marcus Berg (14) who has scored all ten of the side’s goals in their last four matches.
Like Dortmund, the club are in the last eight of the DFB-Pokal where they’ll face a trip to Regensburg. Overall form has been inconsistent this season, with only putting back-to-back wins together just last week as they won at Hoffenheim to follow a defeat of Mainz a fortnight ago.
They’ll be without Thierry Doubaï who’s at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Alexander Søderlund (ankle), Javier Pinola (calf), and Jan George (hamstring) are all injured.
Earlier in the season, Dortmund won 3-1 at Signal Iduna Park with Stevan Jovetic scoring a hat-trick for his first goals for the club since his record transfer move from Fiorentina in the summer. Juhani Ojala scored a late consolation for Nürnberg.
Last season, Dortmund won 4-1 at home with a Julian Schieber treble, and won 1-0 at Stadion Nürnberg with Schieber again on the score-sheet. Nürnberg haven’t beat Dortmund since they returned to the top flight in 2009.
Tomorrow’s referee will be Günter Perl from Munich, taking charge of his third Dortmund match of the season having overseen the win at Leverkusen in September, and December’s 1-0 home win over Hoffenheim. He’s shown 17 yellow and 3 reds in his last ten matches, and awarding one penalty at the FIFA Club World Cup.