10-man Bayern Munich top after Schalke win; Frankfurt beat Bayer Leverkusen; Hertha shock Cologne as the great escape continues

Schalke 1 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) The top-of-the-table clash between Schalke and Bayern when the way of the Bavarians midway through the opening 45 when Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller netted twice in two minutes to put the Munich giants into a commanding position. Schalke grabbed a lifeline through Kevin Kuranyi’s well-directed header in the 31st minute and Bayern’s woes increased when Altintop picked up his second booking just before the break.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Selim Teber’s 28th minute penalty put Frankfurt in the ascendancy against title hopefuls Leverkusen, but Bayer weren’t behind for too long before top-scorer Stefan Kiessling pulled the visitors level. Bayer took the lead a minute into the second half when Stefan Kiessling produce a second clinical finish to take his total for the season to 19 in the league. But Frankfurt hit back on the hour when Caio scored a incredible 30-yard swerver that gave the keeper no chance. Leverkusen they suffered a sucker-punch late goal to see their title hopes torpedoed, Mike Franz netting the winner with a dramatic close-range bicycle-kick from a corner.

Cologne 0 – Hertha Berlin 3 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Bottom side Hertha pulled the rabbit out the hat with another fabulous away win in their great escape efforts to beat the drop, with Raffael scoring in the 25th and 45th minutes to put the visitors in a commanding lead at the break. Mohamad and Zoran Tosic saw red for Cologne in the second period and Cicero scored in the 75th minute to put the match out of sight.

Borussia Dortmund 2 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) A 9th minute header from Kevin Grosskreutz put Dortmund in front at home to Werder, and Bremen’s trouble’s worsened when defender Neven Subotic headed in Borussia’s second from a corner. Aaron Hunt brought Bremen back into the game just after the hour mark.

Nurnberg 2 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Mainz were in the mire after just four minutes at Nurnberg when Ivanschitz saw red, and the hosts took advantage 10 minutes later when Mike Frantz side-footed home from 14-yards. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubled the lead with a header from a right wing cross.

Freiburg 1 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) A tidy turn and finish from Papiss Demba Cisse put Freiburg ahead against Bochum, but the visitors pulled level midway through the first half when Christoph Dabrowski headed home a free-kick.

Stuttgart 2 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Gladbach broke the deadlock at Stuttgart when Marco Reus raced through the middle and finished with aplomb, Ciprian Marica levelling for the hosts in the 66th minute. Stuttgart went on to claim all three points when Zdravko Kuzmanovic crashing home a half-volley from the edge of the Gladbach box.