Bundesliga: Schalke seal third after beating Hertha; Bremen frustrated in Cologne stalemate

Schalke 2 – Hertha Berlin 0 (Bundesliga, December 6, 2009) Kevin Kuranyi (offside?) broke the deadlock with a backpost header in the 57th minute, and Brazilian wing-back Rafinha sealed the points with an injury time penalty.

FC Cologne 0 – Werder Bremen 0 (Bundesliga, December 6, 2009) Bremen, who now have a 23-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, lacked the creativity of midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was out with influenza. They carved out only a few chances but hosts Cologne themselves missed clear scoring opportunities.