FC Bayern München increased their 1. Bundesliga lead with a 2-0 win at 1. FC Kaiserslautern, while champions BV Borussia Dortmund lost at VfL Wolfsburg.
A ninth-minute strike by German international midfield player Michael Ballack was quickly followed by a 16th-minute effort from Roque Santa Cruz to leave four-time German title winners Kaiserslauten stranded at the bottom of the table.
Bayern are now six points clear at the top of the standings after this morning's second-placed side, Dortmund, lost 2-0 at Wolfsburg. Argentinian striker Diego Klimowicz scored twice to hand Mattias Sammer's side only their second league defeat of the season.
Bremen in second
SV Werder Bremen are now in second place after a tenth-minute strike from Brazilian striker Ailton proved to be the only goal of the game as they travelled to Hertha BSC Berlin, and Dortmund dropped to fourth after VfB Stuttgart won 3-0 against Hannover 96 to move into third place on goal difference.
Three for Stuttgart
Ioannis Amanatidis opened the scoring for the home side with ten minutes of the first half remaining and nine minutes into the second period, Belarussian Aleksandr Hleb made it 2-0. To complete the misery for newly-promoted Hannover, Danijel Stefulj scored an own goal after 73 minutes to seal Stuttgart's victory.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen earned a point ahead of their UEFA Champions League game against FC Barcelona on Wednesday. Thomas Brdaric opened the scoring for Leverkusen at DSC Arminia Bielefield, only for Artur Wichniarek to equalise eight minutes later. Boris Zivkovic restored Leverkusen's lead in the second period, but Wichniarek levelled the scores again with six minutes remaining.
The score was also 2-2 as FC Schalke 04 failed to overcome FC Hansa Rostock at home. Ebbe Sand and Emile Mpenza had given the home side a 2-0 lead by half time, but Peter Wibran pulled one back for Hansa six minutes after the interval before Rade Prica levelled the scores four minutes from time.
In today's other game, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach drew 2-2 at home against VfL Bochum 1848. With five minutes to go, the home side held a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Igor Demo and Joris van Hout, but Vahid Hashemian and Peter Graulund both scored in the closing stages to earn Bochum a point.
In Sunday's games, TSV 1860 München play at home against 1. FC Nürnberg while Hamburger SV play host to FC Energie Cottbus.
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