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Schalke 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Schalke took one step closer to solidifying their hold on a third place spot in the Bundesliga rankings with their 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday evening. 

It was an encounter that provided little to write home about in the opening 45 minutes as neither side could produce anything worth breaking the deadlock. 

But it was a different scenario after the interval as the home side came out with more attacking force. 

Sead Kolasinac rattled the crossbar with a powerful shot from distance on 55 minutes. Kevin Trapp managed to block Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's follow up, but was unable to stop Max Meyer from tapping in Schalke's third attempt.

With the victory in their grasp, Jeffson Farfan sealed the deal with stoppage time with a wonderful free-kick that curled over the wall. 

B. Moenchengladbach 1- 1 Stuttgart

Jan Arango scored a goal in the final minute of normal time to help B. Moenchengladbach salvage a point in their 1-1 draw to Stuttgart. 

The visitors had the brighter of starts as they grabbed the lead in the 12th minute through Daniel Didavii. The Stuttgart man got a great chance inside the box and fired the ball off the inside the left post.

Stuttgart were then caught napping towards the end of the game and they were forced to share the spoils. Juan Arango scored from a seemingly difficult position when he leapt high to head home a cross and put the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.

Freiburg 2-0 Braunschweig

Goals from Damir Vrancić and Julian Schuster handed Freiburg a 2-0 win over Braunschweig as they moved five points clear of the drop-zone. 

Freiburg were gifted the perfect start to an otherwise frustrating first-half when Damir Vrancić, who was left completely disoriented, turned the ball into the back of his own net after just eight minutes. 

The home side continued their dominance immediately after the restart when Julian Schuster hit a cracking goal from long range which left the ‘keeper helpless.

Hannover 2-1 Hamburger

Ivory Coast’s Didier Ya Konan scored in the final minutes of play to hand Hannover a 2-1 win over Hamburger and sentence the visitors back into the relegation zone. 

Hannover came out showing some great controlled play and precise passing in the middle of the park, and they reaped the rewards in the ninth minute. Lars Stindl received a cross in the box and he headed in on the left side of the post to make it 1-0. 

Hakan Calhanoglu restored parity with a low free kick that sailed under the defensive wall and into the bottom left corner. It was a fantastic hit by the 20-year-old to level it up.

The home side then snatched the lead in the final moments of the game. Didier Ya Konan was in the right place at the right time to get onto the end of rebound and strike a low ball to wrap up the victory. 

Mainz 3-0 Werder Bremen

Mainz scored three first-half goals to outclass Werder Bremen 3-0 in their Bundesliga match on Saturday afternoon. 

It was a displayed dominated by the home side from the very first whistle as their strong first-half performance allowed them to enjoy the second 45 without added pressure. 

Mainz’s opening goal did, however, arrive in fortunate circumstances when Nils Petersen attempted to clear the ball away after the opposition off a corner kick. He miskicked the clearance and placed it into his own net, specifically into the top right corner. 

The second goal arrived after a quarter of an hour. Christoph Moritz found himself some space inside the box to control a rebound and fired the ball into the right side of the goal, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Then, five minutes before the break, Zdenek Pospech fed the ball through to Yunus Malli, who then drilled in Mainz’s third goal into the underside of the crossbar. 

Wolfsburg 4-1 Nurnberg

Ivan Perisic scored a brave to help Wolfsburg move up to fourth-place on the Bundesliga standings with a 4-1 win over Nurnberg. 

It was an exiting first half which brought three goals in a matter of 22 minutes and one that also saw Wolfsburg bounce back from a goal down to take the lead. 

Markus Feulner connected to a pass inside the box and slammed home, inside the left post, to hand the visitors a 1-0 lead. 

Ivica Olic did well to respond 11 minutes later by restoring parity with a first time shot off Kevin De Bruyne’s through ball. 

The scoreline was then completely turned on its head just three minutes later when De Bruyne again was the instigator of a goal. He slotted through to Ivan Perisic and it was the latter that converted a precise ball to make it 2-1. 

The home side added their third midway through the second-half. Junior Malanda collected a ball and unleashed a terrific shot from the edge of the box, before seeing Ivan Perisic conclude the victory with his second goal of the afternoon. 

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