Schalke missed the chance to go top of the Bundesliga after being held to a 2-2 draw at Hamburg on Sunday, leaving Bayern Munich top despite their defeat on Saturday at Eintracht Frankfurt. Substitute Jonathan Pitroipa hit a late equaliser for Hamburg, who took the lead through Ruud van Nistelrooy but were pegged back by goals from Kevin Kuranyi and Ivan Rakitic.
With Bayern losing 2-1 after two late goals, Schalke's draw leaves them second behind Louis van Gaal's side, who they meet in the German Cup semi-finals on Wednesday. "We are a little bit sad," admitted Kuranyi. "We had a big chance to win the game, but we didn't take our chances in the first half."
Hamburg took the lead in the 40th minute when Germany midfielder Piotr Trochowski floated in a free-kick that Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer parried straight into the path of Van Nistelrooy. Schalke equalised in the 62nd minute when former Bayern Munich midfielder Alexander Baumjohann, who only came on after 46 minutes, swung in a cross from the left and ex-Germany striker Kuranyi headed home.
And Baumjohann then won a penalty for the Royal Blues when he was hauled down by Hamburg's Dutch defender Joris Mathijsen, with Rakitic netting at the second attempt to give the away side a 2-1 lead. But the home side drew level when Trochowski fired in a cross on 77 minutes for Pitroipa to slot home. Baumjohann then clipped the crossbar with a late chance while Pitroipa fired over as both sides had chances to win the game.
Hertha Berlin striker Theofanis Gekas was the toast of the capital city on Sunday as he netted a hat-trick at defending champions Wolfsburg to seal a 5-1 victory to give the league's bottom side only their fourth win of the season. Berlin raced into a 3-0 after only 26 minutes as Gekas scored either side of a goal from Adrian Ramos to blitz the hosts.
Brazil striker Grafite then pulled a goal back for Wolfsburg on 36 minutes before Gekas completed his hat-trick on 63 minutes and Ramos completed the rout on 84 minutes. The result leaves rock-bottom Hertha five points from safety with only seven games left.
On Saturday, Bayern suffered their first defeat in 20 league games after being floored by two late goals in three minutes at Frankfurt. Bayern looked to be cruising to a 1-0 win after Miroslav Klose hit an early goal, but Frankfurt floored the Bavarian giants with goals by teenage striker Juvhel Tsoumou and fellow forward Martin Fenin. The goals came on 87 and 89 minutes and inflicted only the third league defeat of the season on the UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists and their first loss in the Bundesliga since September.
On Saturday night, former leaders Bayer Leverkusen suffered another dent in their title aspirations when Argentinian striker Lucas Barrios scored twice to help Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win which keeps them fourth and Bayer third. Stuttgart took a step closer to a place in Europe with a 2-0 win at home to Hanover as their Romanian striker Ciprian Marica scored either side of half-time. The result leaves Christian Gross-coached Stuttgart seventh.
Werder Bremen, who are fighting to stay in the European places for next season, made hard work of their 3-2 win over Bochum which needed a late winner from German international Torsten Frings. The result leaves them fifth. Cologne are five points above the relegation zone after being held to a 1-1 draw by Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.