FC Bayern München stay two points clear of FC Schalke 04 at the Bundesliga summit despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Bayern, who overcame Manchester United FC in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in midweek, had lost two of their previous three league fixtures. They took the lead against Leverkusen, however, Arjen Robben converting from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half for his sixth goal in seven games. That advantage lasted just six minutes, though, Arturo Vidal drawing Leverkusen level to keep the third-placed hosts within six points of Louis van Gaal's side.
That result meant FC Schalke 04 could have finished the weekend top, but they remain in second after losing 4-2 at Hannover 96. Heiko Westermann's own goal and Didier Ya Konan's first of the game gave the hosts a 2-0 lead inside 29 minutes. That advantage was wiped out early in the second period by half-time substitute Edu and Ivan Rakitić – via the penalty spot – but Hanno Balitsch and Ya Konan scored in the closing 10 minutes to secure maximum points for Hannover.
BV Borussia Dortmund also missed the chance to make hay, failing to go third after losing 1-0 at tenth-placed 1. FSV Mainz 05. They stay fourth but are now just a solitary point clear of Werder Bremen, 4-0 victors at home to SC Freiburg. Claudio Pizarro took his Bundesliga tally for the campaign to 14 with two more in that triumph, Aaron Hunt and Mesut Özil also on the mark.
A 1-0 success at bottom-placed Hertha BSC Berlin took VfB Stuttgart into sixth, while 1. FC Köln won 2-0 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the day's other game. VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach won 2-0 against Eintracht Franfurt in the Friday evening Bundesliga fixture.
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Van Nistelrooy 39 (p)
Halil Altıntop 58 (o.g.)
|Venue: Frankfurt am Main|