Lewandowski's brace leads Dortmund past Greuther Furth
Dortmund, Germany (Sports Network) - Robert Lewandowski helped Borussia Dortmund close the gap at the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday, scoring twice in the club's 3-1 defeat of Greuther Furth at Signal Iduna Park.
The Poland international opened the scoring in the third minute, but his strike was canceled out by Zoltan Stieber two minutes later.
Lewandowski notched his second of the match in the 15th minute by converting from the penalty spot, and Mario Gotze scored three minutes before the break to give the reigning champions a two-goal cushion heading into halftime.
The scoreless second half meant that Dortmund's unbeaten streak was extended to four games as the club improves to 22 points on the season. The club moves to within nine points of first-place Bayern Munich after the German giants were held to a 1-1 draw at Nurnberg.
Greuther Furth has lost two straight Bundesliga contests and sits second from bottom in the table on just seven points.
Stuttgart 2, Monchengladbach 1
Monchengladbach, Germany - Stuttgart claimed a fortuitous win at Borussia Park on Saturday as an own goal from Roel Brouwers gifted the club a 2-1 victory over Monchengladbach.
Monchengladbach's Martin Stranzl and Stuttgart's Martin Harnik exchanged goals early in the first half, but it was the Brouwers own goal in the 72nd minute that was the difference between the two sides.
The result sees Stuttgart go level with Monchengladbach on 16 points apiece.
Eintracht 4, Augsburg 2
Frankfurt, Germany - Eintracht emerged from the Commerzbank Arena victorious on Saturday, coming out on top in a 4-2 win over Augsburg.
The home side jumped out in front thanks to Sascha Molders's own goal and a 32nd-minute strike from Stefan Aigner. Koo Ja-Cheol pulled one back for Augsburg, but Alexander Meier restored Eintracht's two-goal advantage.
Molders made amends for his own goal in the 64th minute, but Meier converted from the penalty spot to ensure Eintracht another three points, bringing the club to 23 points on the season. Augsburg has lost four straight to remain bottom on six points.
Hamburg 1, Mainz 0
Hamburg, Germany - Heung-Min Son produced the lone goal in Hamburg's 1-0 defeat of Mainz at the Imtech Arena on Saturday.
A scoreless draw seemed a real possibility, but Son's strike just after the hour-mark helped Hamburg climb into the top-half of the table with 17 points through 12 games.
Mainz, also on 17 points, remains ahead of Hamburg thanks to a superior goal differential.
Nurnberg 1, Bayern Munich 1
Nurnberg, Germany - Bayern Munich dropped points for just the second time this season after it was held to a 1-1 draw at Nurnberg on Saturday.
Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for Bayern in the third minute, but Markus Feulner scored quickly after the halftime restart to equalize for the home side. Nurnberg's Timo Gebhart was sent off 14 minutes from time, but Bayern was unable to take advantage of the extra man.
Bayern remains top of the table with 31 points in 12 games, 19 points better than Nurnberg.
Bayer Leverkusen 2, Schalke 0
Leverkusen, Germany - Schalke slipped off of Bayern Munich's pace on Saturday, falling to Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at the BayArena.
Andre Schurrle and Stefan Kiessling scored on either side of halftime to put Leverkusen in a comfortable position. Kiessling missed a penalty kick in the 79th minute to give visiting Schalke hope of a comeback, but that hope was squandered shortly after when it was reduced to 10 men thanks to Kyriakos Papadopoulos' red card.
Schalke remains on 23 points, eight points behind Bundesliga-leading Bayern Munich. Leverkusen climbs to 21 points.
Freiburg 2, Hannover 1
Hannover, Germany - Jan Rosenthal helped Freiburg climb to within a point of Hannover on Saturday, scoring the game-winner in the club's 2-1 at the AWD Arena.
Jonathan Schmid's opening goal for Freiburg was canceled out by Mohammed Abdellaoue's penalty kick in the 32nd minute, but it was Rosenthal's strike in the 54th minute that helped Freiburg improve to 16 points on the season.
Hannover, on 17 points, sees its winning run in league play come to an end at two games.