Borussia Dortmund maintain two-point lead with a 1-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich keep up the pressure with a 2-0 victory over Kaiserslautern
Japan winger Shinji Kagawa was on target for Borussia Dortmund in a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to keep the reigning champions at the top of the Bundesliga.
The Japanese winger fired home from a tight angle on the stroke of halftime to bag his fourth goal in as many games.
The win sees Dortmund maintain their two-point lead over Bayern Munich who enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kaiserslautern thanks to goals from Mario Gomez in the sixth minute and Thomas Meuller after 30 minutes.
Mid-table Stuttgart thrashed 10-man Hertha Berlin 5-0.
Austria striker Martin Harnik scored a first half brace after Vedad Ibisevic had given Stuttgart the lead, with Shinji Okazaki also on target in the first half.
The half also saw Hertha’s Andreas Ottl sent off for a foul on Hungary midfielder Tamas Hajnal.
Georgian defender Leven Kobiashvili compounded 15th-placed Hertha’s miserable afternoon with an own goal in the 59th minute.
Hoffenheim’s new coach Markus Babbel, who replaced recently sacked Holger Stanislawski, picked up his first point with a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen.
Bremen’s Austria striker Marko Arnautovic denied Hoffenheim victory with an injury time equalizer after Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard had given the visitors a fourth-minute lead.
Hannover salvaged a point in their game at Mainz thanks to an injury-time goal from but Polish striker Artur Sobiech after Mohamed Zidan had put the home side ahead in the seventh minute of the game.