Germany round-up: Draw takes Dortmund top

BV Borussia Dortmund have taken top spot in Germany but will be disappointed with a 1-1 draw.

BV Borussia Dortmund have taken top spot in Germany but will be disappointed with their 1-1 draw at VfL Wolfsburg.

Maric magic
Dortmund took the lead in the third minute with Jörg Heinrich scoring from close range after Jan Köller had missed a chance, but were unable to build on their advantage. It was the hosts who dictated much of the subsequent play and Wolfsburg earned a deserved equaliser in the 36th minute, when the excellent Tomislav Maric converted a penalty.

Huge match
The point leaves Dortmund one point ahead of second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen who have a game in hand on the new leaders. Leverkusen travel to the Olympiastadion on Sunday for a huge match against champions FC Bayern München, who are in a poor run of form.

Klose class
In-form 1. FC Kaiserslautern are a team on the up, and they maintained their good run of form with a 1-0 win away at 1. FC Köln. Miroslav Klose headed home the game’s only goal in the 55th minute after connecting with Lincoln’s free-kick. The three points keep them in third place, but they are now only two points behind Dortmund.

Bremen lose again
Fourth-placed SV Werder Bremen lost more ground on the leaders with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of VfB Stuttgart - their second consecutive league defeat. Marco Bode had put them in front five minutes before half-time with his 100th 1. Bundesliga strike but Ioan Ganea levelled on 60 minutes before Christian Tiffert snatched the winner for Stuttgart.

Schalke win in style
FC Schalke 04 fans at the AufSchalke stadium were treated to goals in the first and last minute as their side beat VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0. Marc Wilmots got the early strike and Gerald Asamoah wrapped up the victory at the death to push Schalke into fifth.

Much-needed win
At the foot of the table, 1. FC Nürnberg picked up a much-needed win over FC Energie Cottbus. The 2-0 victory, courtesy of second-half goals from Paulo Rink and Polish midfield player Jacek Krzynowek, allowed them to move above Köln to third from bottom.

Romeo seals it
Roy Präger and Bernardo Romeo scored in the 60th and 81st minutes respectively to ensure a 2-1 victory for Hamburger SV over TSV 1860 München. Markus Weissenberger managed a consolation in the last minute for the visitors.

Shock lead
Substitute Alex Alves's deflected shot in the 57th minute was enough to give Hertha BSC Berlin a 1-1 draw at home to SC Freiburg although they will feel they deserved more. Freiburg took a shock lead in the 37th minute, when Aleksandr Iashvili finished off a fine counter-attack with a header from Tobias Willi's cross.

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