Bayern stunned by late defeat at Frankfurt; Dortmund batter Bayer; Stuttart sink Hannover; Narrow wins for Freiburg & Werder

Borussia Dortmund 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) After weathering the storm in the first half, Lucas Barrios became Dortmund’s hero with two goals in 10 second-half minutes before Dimitar Rangelov rounded things off late on to earn the Westphalians all three points. The win sees Jurgen Klopp’s side in fourth position, just five points behind Leverkusen who remain in third, three points behind the leaders.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Peeling off at the Frankfurt back post in the 7th minute, Bayern forward Mirolsav Klose fired the league leaders into an early lead. Bayern blew the match in dramatic fashion just before the fulltime when when a howler from stand-in left-back David Alaba allowed sub Juvhel Tsoumou to draw Frankfurt level and then fellow sub Martin Fenin cracked home a stunner in the far post to leave Van Gaal tearing his hair out as Bayern’s title hopes to a big hit.

Stuttgart 2 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) Stuttgart broke the deadlock with Hannover 10 minutes before the break when Alex Hleb whizzed down the left and saw his cross converted at the near post by Ciprian Marica’s diving header. The hosts doubled their lead at the start of the second half when Marica finished tidily for his brace.

Freiburg 1 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) A rare 20-yard daisy-cutter from Johannes Flum the cannoned into the net off the foot of the post put second-bottom Freiburg into a 10th minute lead over Mainz.

Werder Bremen 3 – Bochum 2 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Relegation threatened Bochum took a surprise 14th minute lead at Werder when striker Stanislav Sestak burst through the home defence and steered his shot past the keeper. Claudio Pizarro fired in the equalizer on 58 minutes, but as they sought a winner, the hosts were far too exposed at the back: just five minutes later, Zlatko Dedic reclaimed the lead for Bochum on the counterattack. Werder would not be denied their points, however. Within seconds, Marko Marin responded with a strike of his own, before Torsten Frings blasted in the winner on 81 minutes.

Nurnberg 0 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010)