Schalke down Leverkusen to take over Bundesliga lead; Bayern drop to second after home defeat by Stuttgart; Tosic (Cologne), Mertesacker (Werder) & Dzeko (Wolfsburg) all claim winning doubles

Bayern Munich 1 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Bayern struck in the 32nd minute at home to Stuttgart when Ivica Olic slid home a left wing cross into the roof of the net. The visitors were soon back on a level footing when Cacau slipped in Christian Trasch 25-yards from goal and the midfielder’s looped shot defected into the net past Butt. Bayern found themselves starring down the barrel early in the second half when Ciprian Marica turned the match in Stuttgart’s favour after the hosts defended shockingly from a corner.

Bayer Leverkusen 0 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) Kevin Kuranyi scored twice in the first half as a dominant Schalke got the better of third-placed Leverkusen at the BayArena to move two points clear of Bayern Munich, who they meet next weekend in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash.

Hannover 1 – FC Cologne 4 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) Did Manchester United make a mistake letting Zoran Tosic leave? Cologne’s newly acquired winger scored a tremendous goal to break the deadlock at Hannover when the young Serb beat two defenders cutting in from the right before cracking a left-footed beauty into the far top corner. Cologne doubled their lead with a fine second as Petit’s excellent run into the box was expertly spotted, and the midfielder crashed in number two. An incredible first half for the visitors saw Milivoje Novakovic rolled in a third from the spot. Hannover’s relegation strife worsened in the 71st minute when Zoran Tosic played a one-two into the box before slipping in the visitors’ fourth. American defender Steven Cherundolo score a rare goal nine minutes from time, curling home a sweet free-kick, to earn Hannover a consolation.

Werder Bremen 4 – Nurnberg 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) A towering header from Per Mertesacker inside the opening sixty seconds put Werder in front at home to Nurnberg. Mertesacker notched his second in the 19th minute, the lanky centre-half nodding in his second corner of the match. Horrible defending for the visitors contributed to their downfall 10 minutes from the break as loose possession at the back led to Tim Borowski drilling in Bremen’s third. Mike Frantz gave Nurnberg a lifeline two minutes into the second half with a tidy turn and finish in the Bremen box, and it the 62nd minute the comeback was definitely on as 21-year-old forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting slotted in a penalty. Werder killed off Nurnberg in injury time as full-back Clemens Fritz grabbed the hosts fourth.

Mainz 0 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) The super Edin Dzeko decided the match with a brace in the final seven minutes, the Bosnian forward controlling and firing the first in the 83rd minute break converting a volley in injury time to wrap up the points.

Hertha Berlin 0 – Borussia Dortmund 0 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010)