Lincoln was the star man as 1. FC Kaiserslautern renewed their title credentials in the 1. Bundesliga while Bayer 04 Leverkusen stayed out in front.
The Brazilian playmaker was involved in both goals in a 2-0 victory at FC Energie Cottbus, setting up Hany Ramzy for the first and then scoring the second himself. Lincoln’s efforts saw Kaiserslautern leapfrog FC Bayern München in the table and they now sit in third place.
Leverkusen needed to battle back after 1. FC Nürnberg took a shock lead through Brazilian teenager Cacão Baretto. Ze Roberto levelled in the 28th minute but Cacão restored the away side’s advantage in the 59th minute. However Leverkusen then took control and goals from Zoltan Sebescen, Michael Ballack and Oliver Neuville helped them stay in pole position.
Bayern held at home
VfL Wolfsburg held champions Bayern to a 3-3 draw at the Olympiastadion. Claudio Pizarro and Giovane Elber put Bayern two up after 18 minutes but Tomislav Maric and Dietmar Kühbauer levelled for the visitors. Pizarro added his second early in the second half only for Maric to level with his second of the night.
Dortmund deserve points
Lars Ricken's goal five minutes into the second half was enough to give BV Borussia Dortmund a deserved victory over Hamburger SV. High-flying Dortmund could have gone top had Leverkusen not beaten Nürnberg.
First home defeat
VfB Stuttgart suffered their first home defeat of the season as TSV 1860 München continued their fine away form with a 1-0 win. Didier Dheedene hit the only goal of the game in the 64th minute for their fourth straight victory on their travels. Victor Skripnik, Aílton and Tim Borowski scored as SV Werder Bremen beat FC St. Pauli 3-0 to secure a sixth successive win.
FC Hansa Rostock, still without a coach following the dismissal of Friedhelm Funkel, earned a valuable three points away to ten-man Vfl Borussia Mönchengladbach thanks to goals from René Rydlewicz and Magnus Arvidsson. Struggling Mönchengladbach's cause was not helped when stopper Steffen Korell was sent off after 16 minutes.
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