Robert Lewandowski scored a brace as Borussia Dortmund bounced
back from their midweek DFB-Pokal loss to Bayern Munich with a 3-1
Bundesliga victory over Hannover.
The Polish striker, who turned down the offer of a new contract
earlier this week, struck twice in the opening 21 minutes to put
the home side in charge.
Mohammed Abdellaoue pulled a goal back for Hannover in the 40th
minute but Julian Schieber made it 3-1 midway through the second
half as Dortmund got back to winning ways.
Second-placed Dortmund remain a point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen,
who snatched a late 2-1 win over Stuttgart.
Vedad Ibisevic’s penalty had put the Swabians ahead in the 12th
minute, but a penalty from Stefan Kiessling brought Leverkusen back
on level terms 10 minutes from the end before Lars Bender completed
Basement side Greuther Furth shared a 1-1 draw with Hamburg
although the point does little to help their desperate fight
Furth took the lead in the 14th minute through Nikola Djurdjic
but Maximilian Beister equalised for Hamburg in the 22nd
Augsburg moved within six points of safety following a 1-0 win
at Werder Bremen, courtesy of Tobias Werner’s 29th-minute
Julian Draxler scored two goals and set up a third as Schalke
beat Wolfsburg 4-1.
Draxler’s first goal in the 33rd minute was cancelled out by
Ivica Olic early in the second half, but Draxler scored again after
63 minutes with Jefferson Farfan and Klaas Jan Huntelaar adding
gloss to the scoreline.
Jonathan Schmid’s late goal gave Freiburg a 1-1 draw at
Nurnberg, who had taken the lead through Timmy Simons’ first-half