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Marco Reus makes his return after 259 days and Bayern hang on for a win

RB Leipzig 2 – 0 FC Augsburg

(Upamecano 17’, Keita 70’)

RB Leipzig went second in the league courtesy of Dayot Upamecano’s first professional goal and a deflected Naby Keita goal. Yussuf Poulsen had struck the ball well and Marwin Hitz proved equal to the strike, but Upamecano slid in first to tuck home the rebound. Leipzig missed chance after chance to put the game away, but Peter Gulacsi kept out Augsburg’s best effort, a curled shot from Daniel Baier. Leipzig knocked home a second, and secured the win, via an extreme deflection off of Martin Hinteregger.

Eintracht Frankfurt 4 – 2  Cologne

(Rebic 15′, Russ 59′, Falette 65′, Wolf 67′ – Terodde pen 57′, 74′)

Cologne’s great escape looks to be on hold as three Frankfurt goals in 8 minutes lost them the game. Frankfurt were well-off from the start, with Ante Rebic tapping in the first after Timo Horn failed to corral Milos Jojic’s cross. Simon Terodde scored his fourth in five games from the spot to put Cologne back in the tie, but the lead barely lasted. Marco Russ scored Frankfurt’s second from a free kick and then Simon Falette and Marius Wolf both found the back of the net to pull away. Terodde scored seven minutes later, but to no avail as Cologne lose again.

Bayer Leverkusen 0 – 2 Hertha Berlin

(Lazaro 43′, Kalou 58′)

Hertha went home having claimed a shock win at Leverkusen, pulling clear of the relegation dogfight in the process. Valentino Lazaro scored his first Bundesliga goal just before the break to give Hertha the lead. Salomon Kalou capitalized on Jonathan Tah error to double Hertha’s advantage. Leverkusen had chances to get back in it, with Leon Bailey having an effort cleared off the line, but Hertha held on to take all three points home.

Hannover 2 – 1 SC Freiburg

(Anton 28′, Klaus 54′ – Gulde 88′)

Hannover took the lead at home through defender Waldemar Anton’s first Bundesliga goal, a shot from the edge off the box following a failed clearance. Shortly after the break, Felix Klaus slotted home after Ihlas Bebou had sent him through. That proved to be the end of the contest, even though Manuel Gudle scored a late consolation for Freiburg.

Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Hamburger SV

(Batshuayi 49’, Gotze 90+2’)

Batshuayi seems to be an instant success, with 3 goals in his 2 Dortmund starts, and the eventual winner here. Marco Reus made his return from injury, to much fanfare from the yellow wall. Batshuayi slid in Pulisic’s shot-turned-cross and Mario Gotze chipped over the keeper late on to wrap up a fairly routine win for Dortmund.

Hoffenheim 4 – 2 Mainz

(Szalai 27′, 74′, Kramaric 67′, 88′ – Berggreen 28′, 80’)

Hoffenheim broke free of Mainz in the second half to win their first in two months. Adam Szalai scored the first of his two, with help from Serge Gnabry, but Emil Berggreen reset things as he beat Oliver Baumann to a free kick. Kramaric found the net after a goal-mouth frenzy and Szalai doubled the advantage before Kramaric struck again, this time with a well-taken free-kick, to put the icing on the cake.

Bayern Munich 2 – 1 Schalke

(Lewandowski 6′, Müller 36′ – Di Santo 29′)

Bayern hung onto a win against future player Leon Goretzka and Schalke, as they have many times this season. Ralf Fahrmann had another regrettable performance as his two errors let Lewandowski and Muller score the two goals for Bayern.

Stuttgart 1 – 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

(Ginczek 5′)

Daniel Ginczek’s early strike ensured Stuttgart of a surprising, and much-needed, victory. A fine team move was capped by Ginczek’s finish, and Stuttgart held on for the three points. Thorgan Hazard and Josip Drmic both went close, but Stuttgart eventually took themselves four points clear of the relegation playoff spot.

Werder Bremen 3 – 1 Wolfsburg

(Augustinsson 4′, Kainz 40′, 72′ – Verhaegh 49′)

Wolfsburg put themselves in the relegation conversation as Bremen pulled three clear of the playoff spot. Bremen went ahead early through Ludwig Augustinsson and made it two as Florian Kainz hit a sensation strike. The home side proved to be far superior, an effort hitting the crossbar and a penalty appeal waved away after Paul Verhaegh pulled one back after his penalty was saved. Kainz sealed the win with a deft finish on the counter.

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