German international midfielder Christoph Kramer, currently on loan at Borussia Moenchengladbach, has signed a contract extension tying him to parent club Bayer Leverkusen until 2019, Bayer announced Monday.
The Bundesliga was in danger of turning into another one-horse race on Sunday after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg were held 1-1 at home by promoted Paderborn, leaving titleholders Bayern Munich nine points clear at the top.
A goal by impressive young Brazilian Anderson Talisca revived Portuguese champions Benfica`s hopes of reaching the Champions League knock-out stages for the first time in three seasons as it secured a 1-0 win over Monaco.
Bayern Munich are right where they want to be atop the Bundesliga after five rounds and ahead of a tough showdown against Cologne this weekend while Schalke and Borussia Dortmund both head into the 145th derby needing a victory.
Bayer Leverkusen missed a chance to reclaim the lead in the Bundesliga on Sunday, suffering a 4-1 loss at VfL Wolfsburg, meaning that promoted Paderborn`s magical weekend continued by staying atop the Bundesliga.