Leverkusen slump to shock first Bundesliga defeat at Nurnberg; Mainz win at Hoffenheim

Nurnberg 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Leverkusen failed to take advantage of Bayern Munich’s draw yesterday. The Bundesliga title challengers were undone at the end of the first half by a quick-fire brace from Eric Choupo-Moting. Mickael Tavares grabbed the third ten minutes into the second half which meant Leverkusen’s goals from Stefan Kiesslin and Patrick Helmes were consolations.

Hoffenheim 0 – Mainz 1 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2010) Aristide Bance ran from his own half on a quick breakaway to score the only goal of the game with twenty minutes left on the clock.