German Bundesliga Roundup, Feb 20

Bayern looked set for a 14th consecutive victory in all

competitions when Thomas Muller gave them the lead after 38

minutes, but Ilkay Gundogan levelled nine minutes into the second

period to hand Nurnberg an impressive point.

The draw left Bayern a point clear at the top but, with

Leverkusen travelling to Werder Bremen on Sunday, their rivals have

a chance to re-establish a two-point cushion.

Borussia Dortmund ended a three-match losing streak with a

comfortable 4-1 win at home to Hannover.

Neven Subotic scored a late first-half opener before an own

goal and Nelson Haedo Valdez’s strike made it 3-0. Arouna Kone

pulled one back late on before Kevin Grosskreutz completed the

rout.

Striker Cacau scored four times to triple his Bundesliga goal

tally for the season and lead Stuttgart to a 5-1 win over Cologne.

The Brazilian-born Germany striker’s hat-trick put his side

3-1 up by half-time and, after Pavel Pogrebnyak made it 4-1, Cacau

rounded off the win in the 74th minute.

Hamburg failed to follow up their Europa League victory over

PSV Eindhoven with another win in the Bundesliga as they maintained

their unwanted record as Germany’s draw specialists, being held 0-0

at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The swift return to action following Thursday’s win against

the Dutch giants was clearly not to Hamburg’s suiting as they

failed to find a goal and had to settle for a 10th draw in 23

German league outings this season.

Bochum inched further away from the danger zone with a

credible goalless draw at Mainz.

The sides cancelled each other out in a drab affair at the

Stadion am Bruchweg but the visitors will be the happier after the

point carried them up to 12th, nine points off the drop. Mainz

remain in eighth.