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Dortmund and Schalke surge to summit

Published: Monday 23 January 2012, 8.00CET
Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 both returned to Bundesliga action following the winter break with impressive wins that lifted them level with FC Bayern München at the head of the table.

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Published: Monday 23 January 2012, 8.00CET

Dortmund and Schalke surge to summit

Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 both returned to Bundesliga action following the winter break with impressive wins that lifted them level with FC Bayern München at the head of the table.

Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 moved level with FC Bayern München at the top of the Bundesliga table as both recorded comfortable wins on their return from the winter break.

Bayern's 3-1 loss at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday offered their rivals the chance to ramp up the pressure and Schalke responded with a 3-1 defeat of VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, Joel Matip putting them ahead from close range after just three minutes. Kyriakos Papadopoulos headed in a second 12 minutes after the restart and Julian Draxler weighed in ten minutes from time, before Shinji Okazaki hit a late consolation for Stuttgart.

Champions Dortmund climbed to second on goal difference the following day when they triumphed 5-1 at Hamburger SV, Polish internationals Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Błaszczykowski firing two goals apiece after Kevin Grosskreutz's 16th-minute opener.

Fifth behind Mönchengladbach, meanwhile, SV Werder Bremen drew 0-0 at 1. FC Kaiserslautern, allowing Bayer 04 Leverkusen to close within a point by edging 1. FSV Mainz 05 3-2.

Elsewhere, Christian Streich enjoyed a winning start to his SC Freiburg reign as his side beat FC Augsburg 1-0 to climb off the bottom and leave their opponents there instead, while 1. FC Nürnberg defeated Hertha BSC Berlin 2-0 and VfL Wolfsburg beat 1. FC Köln 1-0.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.25CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2011/12

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Last updated: 23/01/2012 08:41 CET

22/01/2012

LeverkusenLeverkusen3-2MainzMainz

Pospěch 10 (o.g.), M. Friedrich 35, Bender 70

Polanski 50, Caligiuri 53

Venue: Leverkusen

22/01/2012

HamburgHamburg1-5DortmundDortmund

Guerrero 86

Grosskreutz 16, Lewandowski 37, 83, Błaszczykowski 58, 76 (penalty)

Venue: Hamburg

21/01/2012

KaiserslauternKaiserslautern0-0BremenBremen

Venue: Kaiserslautern

21/01/2012

FreiburgFreiburg1-0AugsburgAugsburg

Ginter 88

Venue: Freiburg

21/01/2012

WolfsburgWolfsburg1-0KölnKöln

Polter 78

Venue: Wolfsburg

21/01/2012

SchalkeSchalke3-1StuttgartStuttgart

Matip 3, Papadopoulos 57, Draxler 80

Okazaki 87

Venue: Gelsenkirchen

21/01/2012

NürnbergNürnberg2-0HerthaHertha

Esswein 42, Maroh 85

Venue: Nürnberg

21/01/2012

HoffenheimHoffenheim0-0HannoverHannover

Venue: Sinsheim

20/01/2012

MönchengladbachMönchengladbach3-1BayernBayern

Reus 11, Herrmann 41, 71

Schweinsteiger 76

Venue: Monchengladbach

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