posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 10:15 AM
Wolfsburg saw their lead at the summit trimmed to one point on Saturday as they were humbled 4-0 at Nurnberg, for whom Marek Mintal grabbed a
Mintal opened the scoring inside the first minute and the problems for Wolfsburg quickly got worse when playmaker Andres D'Alessandro was sent off
just seven minutes later. Mintal then doubled the lead after 28 minutes and Markus Schroth made it 3-0 at the break after netting right on the stroke
of half-time. It then took Mintal just four minutes of the second half to grab his third goal and complete a satisfactory outing for Nurnberg coach
Wolfgang Wolf against his former club.
Bayern Munich ensured Wolfsburg's slip did not go unpunished as they saw off fellow high-flyers Hannover 3-0 to move up to second spot, just a point
adrift of the leaders. Claudio Pizarro gave Bayern the ideal start with the opener after three minutes and late goals from Roy Makaay and Paolo
Guerrero wrapped up the points.
Werder Bremen missed the chance to significantly close the gap on the leaders, however, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin. Both goals
came late on with Angelos Charisteas looking like he had secured the points for Werder after breaking the deadlock 10 minutes from time. But Hertha
hit back with an injury-time equaliser from Alexander Madlung to snatch a share of the spoils.
The matches between Bochum and Kaiserslautern, and Mainz against Borussia Monchengladbach also finished 1-1 while Arminia Bielefeld claimed a 1-0 home
win over Borussia Dortmund. Delron Buckley struck the only goal of the game after just seven minutes with Dortmund's cause not helped by the dismissal
of Niclas Jensen in the second half.
Saturday's other match saw Bayer Leverkusen bounce back from a goal down to thrash lowly Freiburg 4-1. The visitors took a shock lead when Soumaila
Coulibaly opened the scoring after 25 minutes and that is the way the score remained until half-time. But Leverkusen hit back with a vengeance in the
second half and had turned the game on its head within eight minutes of the re-start as Paul Freier and Jacek Krzynowek both scored to put the hosts
2-1 up. Freiburg then lost Youssouf Mohamad to a 65th-minute red card and Freier and Andrej Voronin added gloss to Leverkusen's win with two more
goals in the dying minutes.