Schalke capitalise on Bayern slip to move joint top; Leverkusen hammer Hannover; Mainz-Frankfurt in 3-all draw; Dortmund away win; Werder late show

Monchengladbach 1 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Bayern, seemingly on course for another Bundesliga title, failed to produce their best form against Gladbach (first half highlights here), and on the hour mark they were punished when Marco Reus blasted the hosts into the lead. In the 72nd minute Bayern pulled level when aright wing cross from Lahm was steered into the far post by striker Miroslav Klose.

Hertha Berlin 0 – Schalke 1 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Heiko Westermann scored the only goal of the game in the 87th minute as Schalke pulled level on points with Bayern Munich atop the league and secured at least second place.

Full match highlights from  Monchengladbach-Bayern Munich & Hertha Berlin-Schalke can be seen here.

Bayer Leverkusen 3 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Likely to be one of the most sought-after strikers this summer, Leverkusen hot-shot Stefan Kiessling fired his side into a 25th minute against Hannover with a clinical first-time strike into the near post. Bayer notched a second midway through the second half through Burak Kaplan, and a Kiessling penalty late in the 88th put Leverkusen back to third.

Mainz 3 – Eintracht Frankfurt 3 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Frankfurt took an early lead at fellow mid-table side Mainz when striker Alexander Meier struck after just 13 minutes. Before the 20th minute Frankfurt found themselves 2-up when Alexander Meier intercepted a loose ball along the Mainz backline to nip in and claim his second. Aristide Bance pulled one back seconds before the break with a deflected free-kick. Mainz then levelled through Jan Simak, Frankfurt responded when Umit Kormuz struck a 25-yarder in the 62nd minute, but Bance headed his second four minutes from time to earn Mainz a point.

Nurnberg 2 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Lucas Barrios headed Dortmund into the lead at Nurnberg, but the hosts levelled within three minutes as Mike Frantz scored a fine solo goal after his neat control took him away from three Borussia defenders. Barrios struck again just after the hour and Barrios completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute, before Christian Eigler gave the visitors late hope four minutes from the end.

Werder Bremen 1 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Werder Bremen left it to stoppage time to edge Cologne 1-0 to retain third place, Cologne’s Geromel handled on the line, earning him a red card, and Torsten Frings stepped up to convert the penalty.


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