By Eben Kofi Eshun
Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw with the impressive Bayer Leverkusen was enough to take to the top of the table after Dortmund dropped points at Gladbach.
Toni Kroos put the Bavarians ahead in the 30th minute only for Sidney Sam to equalize for the host just a minute later. Bayern piled lots of pressure on Leverkusen but they failed to convert any of the chances that came their way. The best them all fell to Thomas Muller but he headed his chance over the bar.
The battle of the Borussias ended in favour of Gladbach. Gladbach survived of attacks from Dortmund until the game changing in the 80thminute when Mats Hummels brought down Max Kruse in the penalty box. Hummels was sent off and Kruse picked himself up to slot home the resulting penalty. Raffael added a second a few minutes later. It was also a game to remember for the Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who made numerous saves to keep them in the game.
Wolsburg were suffered a shocked defeat to local rivals Eintracht Braunschweig at the VW Arena. A goal in each half from Karim Bellarabi and Domi Kumbela were enough to give Braunschweig their first win of the season.
Schalke O4 breezed past Ausburg at the Veltins Arena. Sascha Molders put the visitors ahead in the 10th minute but Schalke won a penalty six minutes later, which resulted in the sending off Ragnar Klavan. Black Stars Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng slotted home the spot kick before Adam Szalai struck twice to increase their advantage. Young substitute Maximillian Meyer finished the with a fourth on 86 minutes.
Stuttgart drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen at home. This was their fifth game under new boss Thomas Schneider, under whom they remain unbeaten. Martin Harnik gave Stuttgart an early lead before Nils Petersen equalized for the visitors eight minutes before half time.
Mainz drew 2-2 with Hoffenheim to end a run of four defeats in a role. Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino gave Hoffenheim a two-goal lead in the first half but two late goals from Eric Chupo-Moting and Yunus Malli earned a point for Hoffenheim.
Hamburg breezed past Nuremburg with a 5-0 win. Striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s hat-trick and a goal each from Rafael van der Vaart and Tolgay Arslan ensured that new manager Bert van Marwijk his first win in charge of his new side.
Freiburg came from behind to earn a point against Eintracht Frankfurt. A Christian Gunter own-goal gave Frankfurt the lead but a late goal from Nicolas Hofler was enough to earn Freiburg a point.