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Dortmund stretch lead as chasing pack slip up

Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 20.19CET
Borussia Dortmund overcame 1. FSV Mainz 05 to take full advantage of defeats for FC Bayern München and FC Schalke 04 and stretch their lead to seven points at the Bundesliga summit.

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Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 20.19CET

Dortmund stretch lead as chasing pack slip up

Borussia Dortmund overcame 1. FSV Mainz 05 to take full advantage of defeats for FC Bayern München and FC Schalke 04 and stretch their lead to seven points at the Bundesliga summit.

Borussia Dortmund won their eighth consecutive Bundesliga game to take full advantage of defeats for second-placed FC Bayern München and FC Schalke 04 and open up a seven-point lead at the summit.

Polish international Jakub Błaszczykowski opened the scoring for the reigning champions (26) and although Mohamed Zidan equalised (74) for 1. FSV Mainz 05, Shinji Kagawa's eighth goal of the season ensured Dortmund's excellent run continued.

Earlier in the day, Stefan Kiessling and Karim Bellarabi were on target in the final ten minutes to earn Bayer 04 Leverkusen victory against Bayern. That result moved Robin Dutt's side to within four points of Schalke in fourth after the UEFA Europa League contenders suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of struggling SC Freiburg. Third-placed VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach travel to 1. FC Nürnberg on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Zdravko Kuzmanović scored twice from the penalty spot in VfB Stuttgart's 4-0 triumph at ten-man Hamburger SV. Hertha BSC Berlin climbed further away from the relegation zone thanks to Nikita Rukavytsya's strike against SV Werder Bremen and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker's last-gasp penalty earned FC Augsburg a share of the spoils at Hannover 96. VfL Wolfsburg were held to a goalless draw at bottom-of-the-table 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the day's other game.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.00CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2011/12

Matches
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Last updated: 15/03/2012 16:30 CET

03/03/2012

DortmundDortmund2-1MainzMainz

Błaszczykowski 26, Kagawa 77

Zidan 74

Venue: Dortmund

03/03/2012

LeverkusenLeverkusen2-0BayernBayern

Kiessling 79, Bellarabi 90

Venue: Leverkusen

03/03/2012

HannoverHannover2-2AugsburgAugsburg

Haggui 33, Diouf 69

Bellinghausen 12, Callsen-Bracker 89 (penalty)

Venue: Hannover

03/03/2012

FreiburgFreiburg2-1SchalkeSchalke

Freis 18, Caligiuri 66 (penalty)

Pukki 72

Venue: Freiburg

03/03/2012

HamburgHamburg0-4StuttgartStuttgart

Ibišević 23, Kuzmanović 31 (penalty), 47 (penalty), Harnik 90

Venue: Hamburg

03/03/2012

HerthaHertha1-0BremenBremen

Rukavytsya 62

Venue: Berlin

03/03/2012

KaiserslauternKaiserslautern0-0WolfsburgWolfsburg

Venue: Kaiserslautern

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