Hoffenheim back on top of the Bandesliga as Leverkusen fall at Arminia; Bayern hit four past Cottbus

Schalke 3 – Borussia Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) Halil Altintop fired Schalke into the lead at home to Monchengladbach. Five minutes later Jefferson Farfan doubled the scoreline with a penalty. Rob Friend pulled a goal back for the away side on the half hour. Altintop restored Schalke’s lead on the stroke of half-time.

Cologne 1 – Hoffenheim 3 (Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) Demba Ba put Hoffenheim in front at Cologne. Midway through the second period, by which time both teams were down to ten men, Vedad Ibisevic tapped in to all but ensure Hoffenheim return to the top of the Bundesliga. Petit gave the home side some hope with a deflected free-kick but Ibisevic completed the scoring with a clinical strike with three minutes to go.

Bayern Munich 4 – Energie Cottbus 1 (Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Ervin Skela got his first goal of the season as his free-kick evaded everyone to give Energie Cottbus a surprise lead, only for Franck Ribery to equalise with a stunning free kick. Seven minutes before the break Martin Demichelis headed Bayern ahead. After half-time Miroslav Klose got the third after fine play from Ribery. The fourth came shortly after as Italians Oddo and Luca Toni combined with the striker volleying home from a corner.

Arminia Bielelfeld 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) Arminia Bielefeld shocked league leaders Leverkusen when Artur Wichniarek fired them in front after the break. Daniel Halfar got the second, hooking home after some pressure from the home side. Patrick Helmes pulled one back for Leverkusen.

Wolfsburg 4 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) Stuttgart led at half-time through Martin Lanig’s 17th minute goal before Grafite levelled for Wolfsburg on 51 minutes. Grafite put the hosts in front on 76 minutes before Edin Dzeko netted on 79 and 85 minutes to clinch the points.

Eintracht Frankfurt 4 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) Nikos Liberopoulos struck twice either side of the break while Marco Russ and Martin Fenin were also on target.