posted on Jan, 22 2005 @ 12:51 PM
Ailton scored the winning goal for Schalke on Saturday to secure a 2-1 triumph over Werder Bremen, the club he left last summer after firing them to
the Bundesliga title.
Ailton had 28 goals for Bremen last term and on Saturday his strike was enough both to bite the hand that used to feed him and also to put Schalke
level on points at the top with Bayern Munich, who trounced Hamburg 3-0 on Friday evening and lead on goal difference.
With third-placed Stuttgart also victorious, winning 3-2 at Mainz, it means there is no change at the summit as the Bundesliga resumed after the month
long mid-season break. Gerald Asamoah put Schalke in front two minutes after the interval only for the defending champions to equalise through
Valerien Ismael's penalty three minutes later. However, that provided the cue for Ailton to score the goal that reminded the Bremen fans how much he
has been missed since jumping ship last summer although he appeared to be offside.
Stuttgart needed a second-half comeback to dispatch Mainz 3-2. Mainz had taken a first-half lead through Fabian Gerber - the only goal scored before
the interval in the whole of the Bundesliga on Saturday. After the break, an own goal from goalkeeper Dimo Wache levelled the score but strikes from
Aleksander Hleb and Jeronimo Cacau put Stuttgart in charge. Christoph Teinert's stoppage-time goal for Mainz was not enough to save the day.
Australian Craig Moore, who joined from Rangers during the winter break, scored a debut goal for Borussia Monchengladbach as Dick Advocaat's side saw
off Arminia Bielefeld 1-0.
Kaiserslautern saw off Nurnberg 3-1 in a mid-table battle. Herve Lembi and Stefan Blank hit the back of the net in the first 15 minutes of the second
half to put Lautern 2-0 ahead. Sven Muller reduced arrears for the hosts but Dimitrios Grammozis killed the game with Lautern's third.
Borussia Dortmund will be glad to see the back of a disappointing 2004 and started the new year brightly with a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg. Ebi Smolarek and
Jan Koller scored second-half goals to ensure Borussia made a winning start to 2005 despite a late consolation for the Wolves from Facundo Quiroga.
In Saturday's other game Hansa Rostock drew 0-0 with Freiburg.