Dortmund shine, Pizarro lifts Bremen
Japan star Shinji Kagawa and German teenager Mario Gotze turned on the style on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund hammered VfL Wolfsburg 5-1 to keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Kagawa set up both the first and fourth goals for Dortmund, plus netted one of his own, while Gotze scored twice as defending champions Dortmund romped to an impressive home win. Borussia's victory puts them second and trims Munich's lead to two points at the top with Bayern Munich set to play bottom side Augsburg tomorrow.
"That was a really good performance with great counter-attacking and pin-point passes," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp. "A touch of arrogance saw us lose the clean sheet, but the team responded immediately."
The win came at a price as defender Neven Subotic is expected to miss the next six weeks, including UEFA Champions League games against Arsenal and Marseille, with a fractured cheekbone.
Pizarro scores a treble
Meanwhile, Werder Bremen went third and joined Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach on 23 points, when they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 over ten-man Cologne thanks to a second-half hat-trick from Peru's Claudio Pizarro. "It is astounding to see that Claudio Pizarro just seems to get better with age," said Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf.
Cologne enjoyed a 2-0 half-time lead, but having scored his 150th Bundesliga goal the week before, 33-year-old ex-Chelsea star Pizarro made the difference.
He netted his first goal just after the break, then converted a penalty on 54 minutes after Cologne's Portuguese defender Henrique Sereno was sent off for a foul in the penalty area on Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg. Pizarro wrapped up his hat-trick four minutes from time when Rosenberg's pass found him at the far post.
Moenchengladbach moved up to fourth after their comeback win at Hertha Berlin as Bayern-target Marco Reus scored both their goals in a 2-1 win.
Leverkusen slip up
Bayer Leverkusen threw away a 2-0 lead at home as strugglers Hamburg roared back with goals from ex-Germany players Marcell Jansen and Heiko Westermann to leave their side 16th in the league. "Of course, this is a setback for us, it's not good enough to throw away a two-goal lead," said Leverkusen captain Michael Ballack, who played the full 90 minutes.
Hosts Nuremberg lost 2-1 at home to Freiburg as Senegalese striker Papiss Ciss converted a penalty with the last kick of the game for the visitors which moves them to up third from bottom as midtable Hoffenheim drew 1-1 with Kaiserslautern.