Dortmund crash again, Wolfsburg trim Bayern lead
Borussia Dortmund lost again on Sunday to remain bottom of the Bundesliga while VfL Wolfsburg trimmed Bayern Munich`s lead to seven points with a 1-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Berlin: Borussia Dortmund lost again on Sunday to remain bottom of the Bundesliga while VfL Wolfsburg trimmed Bayern Munich`s lead to seven points with a 1-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Wolves` centre-back Robin Knoche netted what proved to be the 12th-minute winner at home to Gladbach following a goalmouth scramble to keep Wolves second in the table.
The defeat sees Gladbach drop to fifth as Lucien Favre`s side suffered their third straight defeat, despite having set a new club record of 18 matches unbeaten at the start of the season.
Jurgen Klopp`s Dortmund remain at the foot of the table after losing 2-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt as last season`s runners-up continue to suffer the worst start to a league season in the club`s history.
Frankfurt captain Alexander Meier claimed his eighth goal of the season to become the league`s top scorer when he fired home with five minutes gone after team-mate Marco Russ split the Dortmund defence with a long-range pass.
Then a poorly mis-timed header back from defender Matthias Ginter on 78 minutes compounded Dortmund`s problems as it allowed Swiss striker Haris Seferovic to beat Borussia goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller in a sprint to tap the ball home.
Dortmund are now the only team in Germany`s top flight to have lost eight matches this season while Frankfurt climb to ninth.
Klopp`s Dortmund had dropped back to the bottom of the table on Saturday after both Werder Bremen and Stuttgart picked up wins.
Werder Bremen`s 4-0 hammering of Paderborn and VfB Stuttgart`s 4-1 win at Freiburg on Friday saw them both leapfrog Dortmund.
Bremen moved up to 14th as caretaker coach Viktor Skripnik picked up his fourth win in five games since taking over from the fired Robin Dutt as Zlatko Junuzovic, Davie Selke, Fin Bartels and Levent Aycicek scored.
Pep Guardiola`s Bayern maintained their iron grip on the Bundesliga title with a workmanlike 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday to recover from their midweek defeat at Manchester City.
Arjen Robben`s first-half goal in Germany`s capital was enough to give Bayern their 10th league win of the season in 13 games.
After suffering their first defeat of the season at Manchester in the Champions League on Tuesday, their first loss in 23 games, the defending champions preserved their unbeaten Bundesliga record with a no-frills performance.
With six months left of the season, Bayern`s march to their third straight Bundesliga title looks virtually unstoppable once again.
Both Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen roared back from midweek Champions League defeats by claiming heavy wins to go sixth and third respectively.
Schalke responded to their 5-0 Champions League thrashing by Chelsea with a 4-1 hammering of Mainz at home with Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar claiming a hat-trick.
Netherlands international Huntelaar fired Schalke into a 2-0 lead after just 25 minutes with two superb goals before Japan striker Shinji Okazaki pulled one back for the visitors.
But Schalke made sure of the three points when midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta slotted home on 54 minutes before Huntelaar completed his hat-trick.
Bayer Leverkusen put their Champions League defeat at home to Monaco behind them with a 5-1 comeback win at the BayArena against Cologne in the Rhine derby as both Josip Drmic and Karim Bellarabi scored twice.
Hakan Calhanoglu added his team`s other goal.
Hoffenheim went seventh in the table after their seven-goal thriller, a 4-3 win over Hanover 96, who drop to eighth, as Niklas Suele headed what proved to be the home side`s winner.