The title race is still alive in the Bundesliga, while the race for Europa League spots got a little muddier. Stuttgart were able to win on Saturday, while Werder Bremen drew and Wolfsburg lost. Borussia Dortmund, the league leaders, were the team that downed Wolfsburg, and Bayern Munich kept pace with a win of their own.
Bayern Munich 2-1 FC Augsburg
Augsburg have been in solid form and have played themselves out of the bottom three, but they didn't have enough to hang on against Bayern on Saturday. Mario Gomez netted his 24th and 25th goals of the year, the first of which came in the first minute. Koo Ja-Cheol equalized in the first half, but Gomez eventually netted the the winner in the 60th minute.
FC Köln 1-1 Werder Bremen
Werder managed just one shot on goal in this game, but it hit the back of the net. This is a result that neither team will be particularly pleased with, given that Werder played so poorly against a below-average team and Köln were unable to take advantage with a much-needed win. Markus Rosenberg scored the opener, assisted by Marko Marin. Ammar Jemal answered by heading in a Lukas Podolski corner just before the break, but no one was able to score a winner in the second half.
Kaiserslautern 1-2 Hoffenheim
Poor Lautern are more or less relegated at this point. They're not mathematically down and won't be for a couple of weeks, but it's nearly impossible for them to climb out of the nine-point hole between them and the relegation playoff. They conceded the opener in a less than flattering fashion, with Rodnei giving away a penalty that was converted by Sejad Salihovic. Boris Vukcevic scored his team's second goal in the second half on the counter. Alexander Bugera hauled one back for the hosts, but they were unable to find a second to grab a point.
Freiburg 2-2 Nürnburg
One of the footballing world's great mysteries is exactly how Freiburg is scoring goals and getting results without Papiss Cisse. Nürnburg had a 2-0 halftime lead in this one, but let it slip away. Per Nilsson conceded a penalty to the hosts in the 53rd minute and gave them a way back into the game. Daniel Caligiuri converted to cut the lead in half. Cedric Makiadi scored the equalizer in the 79th minute on a corner kick.
Stuttgart 4-1 Mainz
Thomas Tuchel's side doesn't look likely to be relegated, but they're going to need to avoid more results like this. After this loss, they're just four points above the relegation playoff spot. Stuttgart actually only managed 10 shots in this one, but made them count. They gave away a penalty three minutes in that was converted by Andreas Ivanschitz, but they would go on to score four unanswered goals between then and the end of the match.
Tamas Hajnal equalized in the 7th minute, and the two teams went into halftime tied. Then, Vedad Ibesevic happened. He scored the eventual winner in the 49th minute, then put the icing on the cake in the 85th minute with a second goal. Sandwiched in between those two goals was a Zdravko Kusmanovic penalty.
Wolfsburg 1-3 Dortmund
Lucas Barrios might never start an important match for Dortmund again. Robert Lewandowski scored his team's first and last goals in this one, including a stoppage time goal that made it 3-1 and sealed the win for his team. Dormund went into halftime up 1-0, and Ilkay Gündogan doubled his team's lead just four minutes into the second half. Mario Mandzukic got one back for the home side, but Die Wölfe wouldn't get any closer to grabbing points.