Bundesliga Week 22: Schalke Whip Wolfsburg, Hannover Down Stuttgart

Mainz was struck by an early own goal, but Mohamed Zidan scored again to salvage a draw against Hoffenheim.

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Bundesliga Week 22, Sunday Scores: Schalke Whip Wolfsburg, Hannover Down Stuttgart

Schalke 4 - 0 Wolfsburg

Schalke absolutely thrashed Wolfsburg Sunday and pulled themselves just one point behind Bayern Munich in the table. Schalke nearly broke open the scoring with just six minutes gone when Julian Draxler's shot hit the post. Just minutes later they did find the opener. Raul got onto the end of a corner kick and struck it in the back of the net. The Royal Blues were off to a flying start.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar made it 2-0 after only 15 minutes when he easily slotted home a cross from Christian Fuchs. Schalke were poised to make it 3-0 before the half, but Huntelaar saw his penalty stopped by Diego Benaglio.

Wolfsburg weren't able to generate any momentum from the saved penalty, and it was Schalke that struck next. Joel Matip redirected a header on a corner kick with a brilliant backheel to make it 3-0. Huntelaar added a header to make it 4-0.

Schalke's dominating performance will give some ease to supporters who were feeling lost after last week's embarrassing performance against Mönchengladbach. All is not lost, and Schalke remain within striking distance of the top spots.

Hannover 4 - 2 Stuttgart

Hannover celebrated their 800th match in the Bundesliga in fantastic style. They bossed Stuttgart over the pitch on the way to a 4-2 victory.

Christian Pander brought his excellent crossing boots to the AWD-Arena. Two of his crosses in the first half found he heads of Karim Haggui and Mame Diouf who found the back of the net with superb goals. The home side was in front and weren't looking back.

Pander turned goalscorer just after halftime when he found the back of the net following a corner kick. The hosts made it four when Lars Stindl volleyed it past Sven Ulreich.

Stuttgart finally found some life very late when Martin Harnik and Shinji Okazaki scored fantastic goals. It was too little too late.

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Bundesliga Week 22, Saturday Scores: Dortmund, Gladbach Win Away From Home, Freiburg Hold Bayern To Draw

Nürnberg 2 - 1 Köln

Nürnberg picked up a massive three points at home against fellow relegation-zone-threatened Köln. Alexander Esswein scored a rocket shot just before the half hour mark to give the hosts the lead. Esswein continued to frustrate the Köln defense, but the match turned slightly after the half. Milivoje Novakovic found the equalizer in the 66th minute with a shot that just crawled over the line before Raphael Schäfer could knock it out.

Instead of pushing for a winner, Köln shrunk back in their own half to absorb the Nürnberg attack. Tomás Pekhart made them pay with five minutes remaining when he headed the ball in off the post off of a cross by Esswein for the winner.

Kaiserslautern 1 - 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach continue their magnificent form with a thorough victory away to Kaiserslautern. Mike Hanke was forced out of the game due to injury, but Marco Reus was able to play after missing the majority of training this week. Igor de Camargo started in place of Hanke, and provided the assist on Patrick Herrmann's goal after only nine minutes. Lautern nearly equalized minutes late when Pierre De Wit's curling free kick smashed against the crossbar.

Reus provided the assist on Gladbach's second goal when he played a perfect pass behind the defense to Juan Arango. The Venezuelan international lifted a deft chip over the head of Kevin Trapp to double the visitor's lead. Kaiserslautern cut the lead in half in the 63rd minute when Leon Jessen's left footed blast found the back of the net beyond the reach of Marc-André ter Stegen. Gladbach held on for the victory.

Things were not all great for Gladbach however, as Herrmann was forced out of the match with a suspected broken collarbone.

Hertha Berlin 0 - 1 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund picked up a victory in Berlin thanks to a Kevin Großkreutz goal in the 66th minute. The win pushed Dortmund a full three points ahead of Gladbach in the table.

Lucas Barrios stared up top for Dortmund, and Robert Lewandowski dropped deeper to replace the injury Shinji Kagawa. Barrios' rustiness was on display when he stumbled over a ball that he normally puts away allowing Thomas Kraft to save easily.

The loss is Hertha's six straight since the new year. The club announced before the match that Otto Rehhagel was returning to the Bundesliga as the club's new manager.

Bayer Leverkusen 4 - 1 Augsburg

Leverkusen came out of the match struggling to get going against second from bottom Augsburg. Stefan Kießling finally got things going in the right direction for the hosts with a header in the 25th minute from Gonzalo Castro's free kick. Both sides went into the half feeling that they deserved more.

Augsburg came out firing in the second half. Koo Ja-Cheol, on loan from Wolfsburg, scored a beautiful curling shot past Bernd Leno.

Leverkusen continued their press as the half wore on and were rewarded with three goals courtesy of Castro, Kießling, and Andre Schürrle.

Hamburg 1 - 3 Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen picked up a big three points on the road to send Hamburg manager Thorsten Fink to only his second loss since taking over of the club.

Marko Marin (Remember him?) scored the opener just nine minutes in the match. Then, just before halftime, Tom Trybull headed a corner kick into the goal to give Bremen a 2-0 lead.

Mladen Petric's free kicked deflected off the wall and past Tim Wiese to cut the lead to only one. Some shocking defending led to Bremen's goal just four minutes from time. Wiese's long

Freiburg 0 - 0 Bayern Munich

Bayern supporters are wondering what has happened to their season. Freiburg did an excellent job pressuring the Bayern midfield into simple mistakes.

Holger Badstuber did put the ball in the back of the Freiburg net in the first half, but it was correctly ruled out for offside. For the remainder of the match, the best opportunities fell to Freiburg. Jerome Boateng and Philippe Lahm were forced to make last ditch tackles to prevent Freiburg attackers from going in on Manuel Neuer alone. Neuer came up huge in the 84th minute when he blocked a shot by Daniel Caligiuri at the near post.

The result is a massive disappointment for Bayern and they fall four points behind leaders Dortmund, and one point behind second place Mönchengladbach.

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Hoffenheim Vs. Mainz, 2012 Bundesliga: Mohamed Zidan Scores Again

Mainz forward Mohamed Zidan scored his third goal in as many matches to earn the visitors a hard-fought point away to Hoffenheim.

The Egyptian international made the transfer back to Mainz from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window, and he hasn't stopped scoring since his return. All three of Mainz's matches since re-acquiring Zidan have ended with 1-1 draws. Zidan has been the goalscorer in all three.

The match didn't start well for Mainz, as Hoffenheim were on the front foot early. Neither side jumped into the attack too quickly for fear of a costly mistake. Boris Vukčević broke into the box in the ninth minute and attempted a cross. Mainz captain Nikolce Noveski stuck his foot out in an attempt to block it, but he accidentally redirected the ball past goalkeeper Christian Wetklo to give Hoffenheim the early lead.

According to Opta Franz, the own goal is Noveski's sixth in Bundesliga play, tying him for the most all-time with Manfred Kaltz.

Aside from Ryan Babel pulling the trigger on a shot and almost getting the winner just moments after stepping on the pitch, the second half was rather forgettable.

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