Borussia Dortmund kept up some pressure on Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 21st goal of the season to earn Thomas Tuchel’s men all three points and help them reduce the arrears on Bayern to eight points once again.
Perhaps more importantly, though, they are now 16 points clear of their hosts, who are in the Champions League play-off qualifying berth and recriminated a foul before Dortmund’s goal which led to referee Felix Zwayer ordering both teams off the field for 10 minutes.Price Boost
He also sent Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt to the stands.
Sunday’s other games saw Stuttgart‘s five-game winning run come to an end with a 1-1 draw at Schalke.
Younes Belhanda and Martin Harnik scored the goals at the Arena AufSchalke as the Royal Blues missed an opportunity to move above Leverkusen into third, while Stuttgart extended their unbeaten run to eight.
That is the same number of games that Hannover have now lost in succession after they were beaten 1-0 by Augsburg.
The pressure is mounting on their coach Thomas Schaaf, who has lost five of those matches since taking over in the winter break, while Augsburg moved four points clear of the bottom three thanks to Ja-Cheol Koo’s goal.
Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Darmstadt 3-1 on Saturday.
Sandro Wagner gave the visitors the lead against the run of play after 26 minutes, but Thomas Muller brought Bayern level early in the second half and from then on there was only one winner.
Muller got Bayern in front with his second goal in the 71st minute and the Bundesliga’s top-scorer Robert Lewandowski sealed victory six minutes from time.
Borussia Monchengladbach got their Champions League challenge back on track with a 1-0 win over Cologne in the Rhineland derby.
Mahmoud Dahoud’s goal was enough to earn Andre Schubert’s men all three points and take them to within a point of third-placed Hertha Berlin, who drew 1-1 with Wolfsburg in the capital.
Marcel Schafer gave the visitors the lead early in the second half, but Salomon Kalou levelled for the Old Lady at the Olympiastadion.
Hoffenheim picked up their first win since December by beating Mainz 3-2.
Jhon Cordoba gave Mainz the lead, but Eduardo Vargas selflessly teed up Nadiem Amiri to bring the hosts level within two minutes.
Hoffenheim took the lead in the 68th minute with Kevin Volland getting in around the back of the Mainz defence and pulling the ball back for Mark Uth to score.
Uth appeared to put the result beyond doubt 15 minutes from time but Jairo soon picked out the top left-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area to provide Mainz with some consolation.
Elsewhere, goals from Benjamin Hubner and Lukas Hinterseer saw Ingolstadt heap further pressure on Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik with a 2-0 win at Audi-Sportpark.
Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg kicked off the 22nd round of matches on Friday night with a goalless draw at the Waldstadion.
There were few chances at either end with Stefan Aigner wasting the best for the hosts in the second half, shooting straight at Rene Adler from a tight angle.
The Frankfurt fans vented their frustration at half-time after Hamburg had succeeded in keeping the home team quite.
Nicolai Muller almost snatched the points for Hamburg with a shot which just missed the target, but a draw – and a goalless one at that – was a fair result, leaving Frankfurt just two points above the bottom three.