Dortmund and Leverkusen win

Borussia Dortmund bounced back from last week’s home defeat

against Hamburg by seeing off fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt


Marco Reus single-handedly dismantled the Eagles with a

hat-trick as the Bundesliga champions moved back within 15 points

of runaway leaders Bayern Munich, who won 2-0 at Wolfsburg on

Friday night.

The Germany international netted two goals in as many first-half

minutes and added a third midway through the second half after

Julian Schieber had been given his marching orders – the second

straight weekend Dortmund have finished with 10 men.

Bayer Leverkusen snapped a three-game winless streak with a 2-1

home victory over relegation-threatened Augsburg to remain in the

running for second.

Stefan Kiessling opened the scoring for Leverkusen in the 26th

minute and Lars Bender doubled their advantage 15 minutes from


Sascha Molders made things interesting by pulling a goal back

for the visitors in the 89th minute, but they could not force an


Meanwhile Rafael van der Vaart’s brilliant first-half goal

proved decisive as Hamburg boosted their hopes of European football

with a 1-0 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Holland midfielder despatched a fine effort into the

top-left corner from outside the box in the 24th minute.

Michael Bastos scored a brace as Schalke twice came from behind

to draw 2-2 at Mainz.

Mainz went ahead through Andreas Ivanschitz in the 27th minute,

but Bastos levelled four minutes before the break. Zdenek Pospech

restored the hosts’ lead midway through the second half, but Bastos

ensured the visitors a draw with eight minutes left.

Freiburg twice saw Werder Bremen equalise before finally taking

the lead and finishing off a 3-2 victory, recording their first win

over Bremen in 11 years.

Max Kruse gave Freiburg the lead after 36 minutes before Nils

Petersen equalised moments later.

Daniel Caligiuri made it 2-1 to the visitors from the penalty

spot in the 55th minute, and, although Petersen’s second levelled

it up again nine minutes later, Matthias Ginter’s 70th-minute

strike finally settled it.

Finally, Axel Bellinghausen’s early goal was enough for Fortuna

Dusseldorf to defeat 10-man Greuther Furth 1-0 at home in a battle

of promoted teams.

Dani Schahin missed an early penalty for the hosts before

Bellinghausen grabbed the game’s only goal in the 18th minute.

Bottom-of-the-table Furth had midfielder Jozsef Varga sent off in

the 38th minute for a second bookable offence.