BV Borussia Dortmund held on to top spot in the 1. Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw away to champions FC Bayern München.
Elber saves Bayern
Dortmund were anticipating a famous victory at the Olympiastadion when Giovane Elber rose to head home after 81 minutes and earn Bayern a share of the points. The visitors had held their lead for just three minutes after Marcio Amoroso had given Matthias Sammer's side a 78th-minute lead with a 20-metre free-kick.
The champions remain nine points behind Dortmund, but the league leaders will have to keep an eye out for second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen after they secured an emphatic 5-0 victory against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach to put an end to a recent run of poor form.
Leverkusen, who had lost four of their last five games, reignited their title bid with their 14th win of the season. German international Michael Ballack opened the scoring after ten minutes before Oliver Neuville and Bernd Schneider made it 3-0 after 31 minutes. Carsten Ramelow and Dimitar Berbatov completed the scoring with late strikes. "Now it is very close again at the top," Leverkusen coach Klaus Toppmöller said. "It will be interesting right until the end."
Fellow championship contenders 1.FC Kaiserslautern stumbled against SV Werder Bremen who earned their first win of the year by a solitary goal, Brazilian Ailton on target after 51 minutes. "Today we have seen the team that played last year," said Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf. "I hope it continues this way."
Good news for Schalke
That victory was good news for FC Schalke 04, who are now within striking range of a top-three place after a 4-0 win against FC St. Pauli – the team that beat Bayern 2-1 in midweek. Ebbe Sand, Andy Möller, a Jörg Boehme penalty following a deliberate handball on the line by Zlatan Bajramovic, who was subsequently sent off, and goalkeeper Oliver Reck helping the Gelsenkirchen club to their fifth successive win.
Two for Robson
In other matches, Marcelinho hit two as Hertha BSC Berlin beat VfB Stuttgart 2-0 and FC Hansa Rostock crushed SC Freiburg 4-0, Antonio di Salvo scoring a goal in each half at the Ostseestadion. Brazilian Robson also scored twice as VfL Wolfsburg beat FC Energie Cottbus 2-1.
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