Claudio Pizarro scored twice as FC Bayern München came from behind to beat SV Werder Bremen 5-2 as the race for fourth spot in the Bundesliga heated up.
Having dropped eight points in their last four matches, another defeat was on the horizon as the hosts twice fell behind. Aaron Hunt earned Bremen a half-time lead after Franck Ribéry had cancelled out Theodore Gebre Selassie's opener.
However, veteran striker Pizarro turned the contest on its head, tapping in a corner before poking in his second four minutes later. A towering header from Bastian Schweinsteiger and a goal after 46 seconds for substitute Arjen Robben sealed the win.
Fifth-placed VfL Wolfsburg were twice pegged back as their charge for a UEFA Champions League spot was held up by SC Freiburg. Ivan Perišić struck both for the hosts, but Admir Mehmedi and Marco Terazzino replied as Freiburg held on to a 2-2 draw.
Fourth-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen could not take advantage in their late meeting with Borussia Dortmund, however, as they suffered the same fate as Wolfsburg. Oliver Kirch and Marco Reus cancelled out Lars Bender and Gonzalo Castro goals respectively. Leverkusen lead the Wolves by a single point with two games to go.
Four points back are 1. FSV Mainz 05, whose impressive season continued with a 2-0 defeat of 1. FC Nürnberg, leaving Nürnberg six points adrift of guaranteed safety at the foot of the table.
Survival via the relegation play-offs is now the only target available to bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig following their 2-0 reverse at Hertha BSC Berlin. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt finished goalless.
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|1||FC Bayern München||32||84|
|3||FC Schalke 04||31||58|
|4||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||32||55|
|6||1. FSV Mainz 05||32||50|
|7||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||31||49|
|9||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||32||41|
|10||Hertha BSC Berlin||32||41|
|14||SV Werder Bremen||32||36|
|17||1. FC Nürnberg||32||26|
|18||TSV Eintracht Braunschweig||32||25|