German Bundesliga Roundup, Nov. 20
Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund rallied to win 2-1 at Freiburg for a record seventh straight away victory and Bayer Leverkusen played to a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Saturday.
The draw dropped Leverkusen to third place, while Mainz reclaimed the second spot by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-2, coming from behind to snap a three-game losing streak with two decisive goals from substitute Sami Allagui late in the match.
Raul Gonzalez scored a hat trick in Schalke's 4-0 rout of Werder Bremen.
Dortmund fell behind to an own goal by its defender Mats Hummels but also won on an own goal, by Mensur Mujdza in the 78th, three minutes after substitute Robert Lewandowski tied the match.
"It took us a long time to get into the match and at halftime I tried to make it clear to my players that they would have to try harder," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.
Dortmund now has 34 points, seven more than Mainz and nine more than Leverkusen. Bayern, the defending champion, remained eighth, 14 points off the lead.
Mario Gomez scored his 12th goal in his last nine games by knocking in a cross from Bastian Schweinsteiger at the far post in the 34th. Arturo Vidal scored from the penalty spot with the last kick of the first half, after Danijel Pranjic had brought down Sidney Sam.
"Too bad I didn't score with the last chance," Gomez said, referring to a late header that went high.
Bayern's goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt made three good saves to deny Vidal, Sam and Eren Derdiyok.
"We make too many childish mistakes, we lose possession very easily, that's not the hallmark of a top side," Bayern's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer said.
Leverkusen has not beaten Bayern since 1994. "You have to use your chances and that's what we didn't do today," Leverkusen's coach Jupp Heynckes said.
Mike Hanke scored in injury time for Hannover's 3-2 win over Hamburger SV. Hamburg got both goals from South Korean teenager Son Heung-min, who also hit the post late in the match. Hoffenheim blanked Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 away behind two goals from Vedad Ibisevic and ended Frankfurt's seven-game unbeaten run.
Mainz came from behind and snapped a three-game losing streak by winning 3-2 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, Kaiserslautern won 3-1 in Nuremberg, while Bayer Leverkusen hosted Bayern Munich in the late match on Saturday.
In Freiburg, the home team went ahead after 26 minutes on a lucky but well-deserved goal. Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller dropped a cross, Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse headed toward the net with the back of his head and Neven Subotic's clearance attempt hit Hummels and bounced back into the goal.
Lewandowski scored with a header at the far post in the 75th, only four minutes after coming off the bench. But three minutes later, Mujdza's attempt to clear away a cross from Lukasz Piszczek ended in the goal.
Dortmund's second substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski shot over an empty net late in the match and Freiburg's Julian Schuster headed against the crossbar in the last opportunity of the match.
"We played the best half of the season and we are disappointed to be left empty-handed," Freiburg coach Robin Dutt said.
In a match between two Champions League teams, Schalke scored against the run of play when defender Christoph Metzelder headed in a corner after 22 minutes. The ball hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced into the net off the back of Werder goalkeeper Tim Wiese.
Raul scored his first with time running out in the first half. Wiese parried a powerful free kick from Edu, but Raul was left unmarked to collect the rebound.
Raul used a bad clearance from Per Mertesacker to make it 3-0 and then won the ball and scored easily to complete the rout over Bremen, which was winless in four games and lost defender Philipp Bargfrede to a red card in the 85th.
Allagui went on in the 75th and scored one minute later, and in the 88th to secure the win for Mainz over Moenchengladbach, which led twice on goals from Marco Reus. Andre Schuerrle also scored for Mainz. Moenchengladbach remained winless at home this season.
Hanke's late goal capped a seesaw match in Hannover. The home side went ahead on Lars Stindl's goal in the 31st but Son tied it nine minutes later and made it 2-1 in the 54th with a header at the far post, with both set up by Jonathan Pitroipa.
Christian Schulz equalized for Hannover with a spectacular overhead lob in the 59th and Hannover remained ahead of Hamburg in the northern rivalry with Hanke's goal. Hamburg came into the match missing 10 injured players.
Frankfurt remained winless against Hoffenheim in five attempts. Ibisevic scored the middle goals one minute apart in the 69th and 70th, with Boris Vukcevic and Peniel Mlapa adding the others.
The Croatian trio of Stiven Rivic, Ivo Ilicevic and Srdjan Lakic scored for Kaiserslautern, which ended Nuremberg's four-game winning run at home despite losing Thanos Petsos to a red card in the 78th.
Robert Mak scored for Nuremberg and captain Andreas Wolf shook the crossbar form the penalty spot in the 83rd.