German Bundesliga Roundup, Mar. 27
Bayern Munich were dealt a blow ahead of the visit of Manchester
United in the Champions League on Tuesday as they slumped to a
second successive 2-1 defeat in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Stuttgart came from behind, like Eintracht Frankfurt did last weekend to stun Bayern in front of their own fans.
Everything seemed to be going according to plan when Ivica Olic put the Bavarians in front in the 32nd minute, but Christian Trasch equalised just before half time.
A Ciprian Marica header early in the second half earned Christian Gross' side all three points and took them up to seventh in the table.
Ten-man Werder Bremen nearly blew a three-goal lead before holding on for a 4-2 home victory over Nurnberg to remain in the running for a Champions League qualification spot.
Per Mertesacker scored after just 40 seconds and doubled Bremen's lead in the 20th minute. Tim Borowski made it 3-0 for the hosts after 36 minutes.
But Mike Frantz got Nurnberg on the scoreboard in the 47th minute and Eric Maxim Chupo-Moting converted from the spot after 63 minutes as the visitors threatened a comeback.
Bremen captain Torsten Frings was sent off in the 82nd minute before Clemens Fritz scored again for the hosts three minutes into stoppage time.
Hertha Berlin missed a chance to gain three crucial points on the teams ahead of them in the relegation fight and had to settle for a goalless draw at home with Borussia Dortmund.
Hertha striker Theofanis Gekas scored in the 79th minute but the goal was disallowed in dubious circumstances.
Edin Dzeko scored twice in the final seven minutes to give Wolfsburg a vital 2-0 away win at Mainz as the Bundesliga champions looked to get back into contention for European football.
Dzeko scored the game's first goal in the 83rd minute and struck for the 16th time this term a minute into stoppage time to seal the points.
Zoran Tosic scored twice as Cologne took a huge step towards avoiding relegation with a 4-1 away victory over 10-man Hannover, thanks to three goals in the first 28 minutes.
Tosic gave Cologne the lead after 12 minutes and Petit made it 2-0 at the 20-minute mark. Slovenia striker Milivoje Novakovic converted a penalty in the 28th minute for a 3-0 advantage.
Hannover's Hanno Balitsch was sent off for a second bookable offence after 45 minutes before Tosic scored his second goal in the 71st minute and Steve Cherundolo hit a consolation goal after 81 minutes.
Cologne had gone seven matches without a victory and scored just two goals in their last six contests.
On Friday night, Eintracht Frankfurt boosted their bid for European football next term with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at relegation-threatened Bochum.
The visitors looked the better side throughout but went behind against the run of play to a Lewis Holtby goal after 10 minutes.
However, centre-back Marco Russ deservedly restored parity for Michael Skibbe's side just before the half-hour mark and Caio struck the winner with a neat finish from just outside the area 19 minutes into the second half.