Cologne stun Bayern 3-2; Hoffenheim, Nurnberg & Hannover claim narrow wins; Bremen hold Mainz

Cologne 3 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, February 5, 2011) Mario Gomez fired Bayern ahead after 22 minutes at Cologne, and a low piercing shot from Hamit Altintop in the 42nd minute doubled the Bavarians advantage. Ten minutes after the break Cologne got on the board when a pass from the left found Christian Clemens through the middle and the midfielder pulled a goal back. Seven minutes later it was 2-2 as ping-pong in the Bayern box ended with Milivoje Novakovic heading in the equaliser. Milivoje Novakovic completed an amazing turnaround with a third in the 72nd minute as teh forward latched onto a long punt down the middle and stroked in his second of the match with ease.

Hoffenheim 3 – Kaiserslautern 2 (Bundesliga, February 5, 2011) Icelandic starlet Gylfi Sigurdsson opened for Hoffenheim after 28 minutes against Kaiserslautern when he cashed in on a rebound in the six yard box. Five minutes before the break Sebastian Rudy doubled the lead for the hosts connecting with an inswinging cross from the left. Kaiserslautern came back into it in the second half with goals from Erwin Hoffer and Rodnei only for Vedad Ibisevic to win the match.

Hannover 1 – Wolfsburg 0 (Bundesliga, February 5, 2011) Hannover struck after four minutes at struggling Wolfsburg when a horror error from the home keeper allowed Sergio Pinto’s speculative 25-yard effort to squirm into the net.

Mainz 1 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, February 5, 2011) Andre Schurrle capitalised on a defence-splitting pass to fire Mainz ahead of Bremen on the half hour. Claudio Pizarro volleyed home a dramatic equaliser on 90 minutes.

Nurnberg 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 0 (Bundesliga, February 5, 2011) Christian Eigler’s solitary strike on the hour proved decisive for Nurnberg.