Heiko Westermann scored a late winner to give FC Schalke 04 a 1-0 victory at Hertha BSC Berlin to move Felix Magath's side level on points with leaders FC Bayern München, who could only draw at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Mid-table Mönchengladbach threw the title race wide open when Marco Reus fired a wonderful finish across Hans-Jörg Butt to cap a flowing counterattack on the hour. Bayern, 1-0 victors in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday, needed inspiration and it came when Miroslav Klose, a league scorer only twice in 22 previous league appearances this season, headed in Philipp Lahm's 73rd-minute cross.
The slip provided Schalke with their chance to eradicate the gap to Louis van Gaal's charges, but it looked as though the opportunity would pass until Westermann struck with only three minutes remaining. Nevertheless, despite just two wins in their last six matches, the title remains Bayern's to lose with a home game against VfL Bochum 1848 then a trip to bottom side Hertha to come, and a goal difference advantage of 13.
Werder Bremen continue to hold sway on Bayer 04 Leverkusen and BV Borussia Dortmund in the chase for the final UEFA Champions League berth. Bremen remain third after a last-gasp Torsten Frings penalty saw off 1. FC Köln 1-0 with Leverkusen trailing on goal difference after they strolled to a 3-0 success against Hannover 96.
Lucas Barrios's hat-trick earned Dortmund a 3-2 win at 1. FC Nürnberg and kept Jürgen Klopp's outfit one point adrift of the two sides above them. 1. FSV Mainz 05 drew 3-3 with Eintracht Frankfurt.
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Thorandt 50 (o.g.), Pizarro 73, 74
|Venue: St. Pauli|
Gomez 89 (p)
|Venue: Frankfurt am Main|