Borussia Dortmund vs. Stuttgart  4 - 4

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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern cut Dortmund lead

31 March 2012 21:41

Bayern Munich moved to within three points of Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund with a 1-0 win over Nuremberg on Saturday.

With Dortmund having drawn 4-4 with Stuttgart on Friday, Bayern went into Saturday's match knowing a win would put extra pressure on the leaders.

The visitors had more possession and shots on goal than Nuremberg but had to wait until the 69th minute to score.

The home side gave the ball away in their own half and Bayern pounced with Frank Ribery's shot saved by Raphael Shafer, before Arjen Robben followed up to fire the ball into the net.

On a day dominated by visiting sides, Freiburg, Hamburg and Mainz also won on the road.

In-form Freiburg picked up their third win in a row with an upset 2-0 win over sixth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

The visitors took the lead in the eighth minute when Leverkusen's Gonzalo Castro knocked a weak clearance straight to Julian Schuster and the Freiburg captain headed the ball home.

Daniel Caligiuri scored Freiburg's second goal with a powerful strike in the 60th minute.

The victory means Freiburg have earned 13 points from their last five games.

In Bremen, Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice in the second half as Mainz beat Werder Bremen 3-0.

Adam Szalai opened the scoring for Mainz with a goal in the 19th minute.

Hamburg's 1-0 victory away from home against Kaiserslautern will be crucial in their quest to avoid relegation.

Marcell Jansen's goal after 28 minutes mean Hamburg are now on 30 points, two points clear of the relegation places, while Kaiserslautern are now almost certain to be relegated after a third defeat in a row.

A penalty from Lukas Podolski was not enough for Cologne to avoid a third-straight loss in their game against Augsburg.

Goals from Koo Ja-Cheol and Nando Rafael ensured the promoted club beat Podolski's side 2-1.

Wolfsburg closed out Saturday's action by trouncing Hertha Berlin 4-1 away from home, with Patrick Helmes netting a brace for the victors.

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Bundesliga preview: Dortmund aim to hold off chasing Bayern

31 March 2012 04:11

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund have the opportunity to put the pressure on rivals Bayern Munich when they host Stuttgart on Friday.

A win at the Signal-Iduna-Park would move the defending champions eight points clear of chasing Bayern ahead of their trip to Nuremberg on Saturday.

Since losing to Hannover on September 18, Dortmund are unbeaten in 21 matches in the league and showed their dominance with a 6-1 thrashing of lowly Cologne last week.

However, they will face a much tougher task against Stuttgart on Friday, with Bruno Labbadia's side on a five-match unbeaten run which has seen them concede just two goals.

Bayern will travel to Nuremberg on Saturday fresh from their 2-0 Champions League win against Marseille in France.

In domestic matters they have won three on the trot in the Bundesliga, scoring 15 goals in the process - a scary prospect for a Nuremberg side who have lost three in a row.

Bayern also boast the league's top scorer - Mario Gomez - who has 23 goals in 26 appearances, while wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben also look to be returning to peak form just at the right time for the Bavarians.

Third-placed Schalke will have to wait until Sunday to continue their challenge for a Champions League spot when they travel to Hoffenheim.

After seeing off fellow challengers Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 last week, Huub Stevens' side continued their European exploits on Thursday against Athletic Bilbao at the Veltins Arena.

They now have just three days to prepare for the trip to face Hoffenheim, who returned to winning ways with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach last week.

That loss saw Gladbach drop to fourth below Schalke, but Lucien Favre's side can bounce back immediately on their trip to Hannover on Saturday.

Elsewhere, bottom side Kaiserslautern will be looking for their first win since October when Hamburg visit the Fritz-Walter Stadion, while Hertha Berlin can move out of the relegation zone with a win over Wolfsburg.

Freiburg travel to Bayer Leverkusen as they look to put space between themselves and the drop zone, while Werder Bremen continue their push for a Europa League berth when Mainz visit the Weserstadion.

Another game with massive implications for the relegation battle with be Augsburg's clash with Cologne, as both sides sit perilously close to the bottom three.

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Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund 4 Stuttgart 4

30 March 2012 22:51

Stuttgart scored a late equaliser to rescue a point in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Friday night.

Stuttgart overturned a 2-0 deficit in the second half, making it 3-2 entering the final 10 minutes of the match.

But Dortmund scored twice within six minutes to take the lead before Stuttgart replied with a last-gasp equaliser.

In a highly entertaining first half, Shinji Kagawa put the hosts ahead on 33 minutes, before Jakub Blaszczykowski added a second just after half-time when he took down a well-weighted long pass from Mats Hummels and tucked his finish below Sven Ulreich.

Stuttgart turned the game late and in emphatic manner with three goals in eight minutes.

Vedad Ibisevic pulled one back in the 71st minute with a superb low strike inside the right post, and just minutes later Julian Schieber scored a double that stunned the home fans and swung the score 3-2 in favour of the visitors.

His first saw him out-muscle his marker, shrug off a pair of challengers and slip in the equaliser.

Moments later, the ex-Germany U21 international latched onto a fine ball from Hajnal and again beat Roman Weidenfeller.

But three minutes after the go-ahead goal, Hummels restored parity with a low drive from the edge of the box, before Dortmund grabbed the ascendancy again when substitute Ivan Perisic found the back of the net.

But in the second minute of injury time, Christian Gentner, who also came off the bench, made it 4-4 to earn a point for the visitors.

The result sees Stuttgart move to fifth place on the Bundesliga table, with 40 points from 28 matches.

Dortmund extend their lead to six points atop the standings, but could see that cut to as few as three if Bayern Munich beat Nurnberg on Saturday.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +55 81
2 34 +55 73
3 34 +30 64
4 34 +25 60
5 34 +8 54
6 34 +17 53
7 34 -4 48
8 34 -13 44
9 34 -9 42
10 34 -11 42
11 34 -6 41
12 34 -16 40
13 34 -4 39
14 34 -13 38
15 34 -22 36
16 34 -26 31
17 34 -36 30
18 34 -30 23