Schalke nips BVB; Bayern cruises
Ibisevic ensured his side were there for only a couple of hours, though, as he struck on the half-hour to grab just Stuttgart’s second win in eight league games to start the season.
Looking to beat their own record of seven straight wins from the season’s outset, they emphasized their current superiority in German football with Mario Mandzukic and Luiz Gustavo giving them a two-goal advantage at half-time.
Thomas Muller added two more for the record German champions and Rafinha rounded off the rout in the 87th minute of a one-sided game.
Ibrahim Afellay and Marco Hoger scored the goals for Huub Stevens’ side, who emerged triumphant in the 141st derby encounter between the two sides, gaining revenge for defeat at home to Dortmund last season.
Robert Lewandowski’s reply was not enough for the defending champions who, in view of Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf, now trail the league leaders by 12 points and appear to be losing grasp of their title.
Stefan Kiessling gave Leverkusen the lead in the 40th minute but Adam Szalai equalized for Mainz in the 58th minute and Marcel Risse pushed them 2-1 ahead after 76 minutes.
But Castro picked up the equalizer for Leverkusen in the 87th minute to earn them their 12th point of the season, while Mainz moved to 11.
Karim Matmour gave Eintracht the lead after five minutes and Sebastian Jung made it 2-0 in the 18th minute.
Mohammed Abdellaoue pulled a goal back for Hannover shortly before the break but Alexander Meier made the points safe for Eintracht with eight minutes to go.
Daniel Caligiuri converted a penalty in the 40th minute for Freiburg’s first goal and Julian Schuster doubled their advantage, and made sure of the points, with six minutes to go.
The result meant Wolfsburg remain bottom of the Bundesliga after suffering their fourth successive loss.
Nils Petersen and Marko Arnautovic put Thomas Schaaf’s men on the way to three points with goals just before half-time and Niclas Fullkrug and Zlatko Junuzovic wrapped up the win late in the second half.
Gladbach were unable to find any answers as they fell to their third defeat of the season to remain 12th in the table.
Roberto Firmino opened the scoring in the eighth minute, but Zoltan Stieber leveled before half time.
Joselu put Hoffenheim in front for the second time in the 67th minute, but Edgar Prib replied in the 84th minute before Joselu thought he had earned the home team all three points five minutes later.
However, Germany Under-21 international Lasse Sobiech equalized again with the last touch of the game as Furth picked up their fifth point of the season on their travels.