Bayern remain on top despite Cologne draw; Zidan double leads Dortmund; Bremen rally from 2-down against Stuttgart; Dzeko brace lifts Wolves; Hannover & Schalke win away

Borussia Dortmund 3 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) Dortmund struck after 14 minutes against Gladbach as Kevin Grosskreutz finished off a precise team attack from 4-yards out. Ten minutes after the break Mohamed Zidan scored a brilliant second, cutting in from the right hand side and lashing a left-footed howitzer into the far top corner. Zidan completed his brace midway through the second half to wrap up the points.

FC Cologne 1 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) As if written in the stars, former Bayern forward Lukas Podolski, who has experienced a terrible season with just one goal since returning to Cologne last summer, fired his current employers into a surprise lead over the league leaders with a tomahawk of a free-kick that whizzed high into the net. Bayern pulled themselves level just before the hour mark when Bastien Schweinsteiger smacked home a right wing cross.

Werder Bremen 2 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Stuttgart maintained their good form of late early on at Werder, striker Pavel Pogrebnyak sliding in the opener after good work from Alex Hleb down the left hand side on the quarter hour. Cristian Gross’s charges bagged a second before the break when Sami Khedira struck three minutes before the interval. Hugo Almeida pulled one back for Thomas Schaaf’s side with 16 minutes remaining and Torsten Frings made it 2-2 on 81 minutes from the penalty spot after Stefano Celozzi was adjudged to have fouled Marko Marin in the area.

Wolfsburg 4 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) Paul Freier put Bochum into a surprise first half lead at Wolfsburg with a tidy strike from inside the area. The reigning champs roared back after the break beginning when Edin Dzeko equalised after an hour. Obafemi Martins made it 2-1 in the 75th minute for the Wolves before Dzeko scored from the penalty spot four minutes later. Jonathan Santana finished off the scoring a minute into stoppage time.

Hamburg 1 – Hertha Berlin 0 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) Five minutes from the break Hamburg’s Marcell Jansen broke the deadlock with rock-bottom Hertha Berlin.

Freiburg 1 – Hannover 2 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) Elson gave the visitors the lead in the 63rd minute only for Yacine Abdessadki to restore parity in the 70th minute. However, three minutes later Papiss Demba Cisse scored an own goal that eventually led Hannover to a vital 2-1 win that sees them draw level on points with Freiburg in the relegation scrap.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Schalke 4 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Joel Matip gave Schalke the lead in the 12th minute and three minutes later Benedikt Howedes doubled the lead. Although Alexander Meier pulled one back for the hosts seven minutes into the restart Schalke scored twice in the last ten minutes of normal time through Ivan Rakitic and Kevin Kuranyi to win 4-1.