Nurnberg's Josip Drmic (R) and Markus Feulner look dejected after their side's 4-1 defeat against Wolfsburg on Saturday.
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Wolfsburg came from behind to get the better of relegation-threatened Nurnberg 4-1 and move above Bayer Leverkusen into fourth place in the Bundesliga.
Markus Feulner gave the visitors the lead, but two goals in three minutes from Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic turned the game on its head. As a battling Nurnberg searched for an equalizer, Junior Malanda doubled the home team’s advantage midway through the second half before Perisic grabbed his second and Wolfsburg’s fourth of a dominant victory.
Borussia Monchengladbach slipped out of the top four, and were grateful for a late equaliser from Juan Arango in their 1-1 draw at fourth-bottom Stuttgart.
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The Venezuelan’s header looped past Sven Ulreich on 88 minutes after Stuttgart had led from the 12th minute through Daniel Didavi.
Mainz boosted their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Europa League with a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen – a result which plunged the visitors right back in the thick of relegation danger. An own goal from Nils Petersen set Mainz on their way to victory, with further goals from Christoph Moritz and Yunus Malli sealing the points before the interval and leaving Bremen just six points above the drop zone with four games left.
Didier Ya Konan struck an 86th-minute winner to hand Hannover a huge 2-1 win over relegation rivals Hamburg.
Ya Konan’s goal put a dampener on HSV coach Mirko Slomka’s return to Hannover, having been sacked from his post 107 days ago. Slomka’s side had levelled through Hakan Calhanoglu’s free-kick, which cancelled out Lars Stindl’s opener.
Freiburg also picked up a crucial three points in the battle for survival, winning 2-0 at home against Eintracht Braunschweig.
An own goal from Damir Vrancic and one from Julian Schuster moved Christian Streich’s side out of the bottom three with some room to breathe over their rivals below.
Schalke 04 took another step to securing Champions League football next season with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eighteen-year-old Maximilian Meyer pounced after 56 minutes before Jefferson Farfan’s stoppage-time free-kick bagged the three points for the Royal Blues who extended their unbeaten run to seven games. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also saw a second-half penalty saved by Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp.
Schalke’s qualification for next season’s Champions League is close to a formality and so, the match had a feeling of training game, sorely lacking in quality for the first half an hour.