The race for fourth place in the Bundesliga has intensified as Eintracht Frankfurt defeated current incumbents FC Schalke 04 1-0, meaning five teams are separated by just two points.
Marco Russ's towering header from a corner shortly before half-time proved decisive in Frankfurt, though the heroics of Macedonian goalkeeper Oka Nikolov were equally important. The No1 made a string of notable saves from Marco Höger, Raffael and Michel Bastos – and denied the latter from the penalty spot – to lift his side sixth, a point behind Jens Keller's outfit.
A first-half double from Rafael van der Vaart handed Hamburger SV a 2-1 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf which also keeps them in the hunt. Thorsten Fink's eighth-placed team are two points adrift.
Meanwhile, champions FC Bayern München continue to demonstrate their goalscoring prowess; Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizarro – the Peruvian playing his 350th Bundesliga match – each scored twice in a 6-1 win at Hannover 96.
Borussia Dortmund eased past 1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0, while Bayer 04 Leverkusen consolidated third place with an emphatic 5-0 victory against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The struggling visitors suffered a blow in Eugen Polanski's 23rd-minute dismissal, and Stefan Kiessling and André Schürrle took full advantage, both scoring twice. Hoffenheim stay 17th, six points adrift of safety.
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|Last updated: 28/06/2013 14:09 CET|
|Venue: Frankfurt am Main|
Van der Vaart 14, 20
Daems 27 (P)
|1||FC Bayern München||30||81|
|3||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||30||53|
|4||FC Schalke 04||30||46|
|7||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||30||44|
|9||1. FSV Mainz 05||30||39|
|11||1. FC Nürnberg||29||38|
|14||SV Werder Bremen||30||32|
|17||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||30||24|
|18||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||29||15|