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Frontrunners win as race for fourth heats up

Published: Saturday 20 April 2013, 17.37CET
Saturday's action brought routine wins for the Bundesliga's top three teams, while Eintracht Frankfurt beat FC Schalke 04 as the race for fourth place intensified.

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Published: Saturday 20 April 2013, 17.37CET

Frontrunners win as race for fourth heats up

Saturday's action brought routine wins for the Bundesliga's top three teams, while Eintracht Frankfurt beat FC Schalke 04 as the race for fourth place intensified.

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.

Last updated: 24/02/14 9.18CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2013 14:09 CET

20/04/2013

BremenBremen0-3WolfsburgWolfsburg

Arnold 13, Olić 27, Diego 66 (P)

Venue: Bremen

20/04/2013

LeverkusenLeverkusen5-0HoffenheimHoffenheim

Kiessling 16, 65, Schürrle 31, 69, Reinartz 79

Venue: Leverkusen

20/04/2013

DortmundDortmund2-0MainzMainz

Reus 1, Lewandowski 87

Venue: Dortmund

20/04/2013

HannoverHannover1-6BayernBayern

Hoffman 85

Stindl 16 (o.g.), Ribéry 23, Gomez 40, 62, Pizarro 71, 86

Venue: Hannover

20/04/2013

Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt1-0SchalkeSchalke

Russ 41

Venue: Frankfurt am Main

20/04/2013

HamburgHamburg2-1DüsseldorfDüsseldorf

Van der Vaart 14, 20

Schahin 34

Venue: Hamburg

19/04/2013

MönchengladbachMönchengladbach1-0AugsburgAugsburg

Daems 27 (P)

Venue: Monchengladbach

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