Bayer 04 Leverkusen stayed on course for their first 1. Bundesliga title with a win on Saturday while FC Bayern München earned a narrow victory in the Munich derby.
Leverkusen stay in control
The league leaders secured a 2-0 victory against struggling FC Energie Cottbus thanks to a first-half header from Brazilian midfield player Zé Roberto and a goal in the dying minutes from Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov. The win enabled Leverkusen to maintain their one-point lead at the top of the table over second-placed BV Borussia Dortmund who secured a 3-1 victory against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
Two own goals
A Peter Nielsen own goal gave Dortmund the lead after ten minutes but Leonardo Dede returned the compliment early in the second half by slicing a clearance into the Dortmund net from eight yards to level the scores. Dortmund regained the lead just after the hour through a Marcio Amoroso penalty and Jan Koller secured the points as he returned a blocked Amoroso shot with interest.
Bayern leave it late
Bayern needed a last-minute strike from midfield player Thorsten Fink to grab all three points against TSV 1860 München and move up to third place. The European champions, who missed a first-half penalty through Michael Tarnat, went in front through Paulo Sergio on 72 minutes but lost their advantage just three minutes later when Ciriaco Sforza's slip allowed Martin Stranzl to fire past Oliver Kahn. Sforza made amends for his earlier error, however, with a well-flighted free-kick from the right which Fink rose to head into the top-right corner.
Ramzy sent off
Another side with title aspirations, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, went down 2-1 at FC Hansa Rostock after losing Hani Ramzy to a red card on 31 minutes. Sweden striker Magnus Arvidsson opened the scoring for Hansa six minutes later and although Kaiserslautern equalised through Germany striker Miroslav Klose in the 72nd minute, Marcus Lantz hit back with the winner a few seconds afterwards.
At the double
Elsewhere Brazilian striker Ailton scored twice in the first half as SV Werder Bremen won 4-0 at 1. FC Nürnberg, while Argentinian striker Diego Klimowicz hit two for VfL Wolfsburg who were handsome 5-1 winners at home to bottom-placed 1. FC Köln. Nico Patschinski gave struggling FC St. Pauli a 1-0 win against SC Freiburg, who had Abder Ramdane sent off in the closing stages.
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