posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 01:17 PM
Schalke missed the chance to go top of the Bundesliga table as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Kaiserslautern.
The title challengers failed to take their chances and were punished by second half goals from Ioannis Amanatidis and Stefan Blank - the latter from
the penalty spot.
Late goals from Marek Mintal and Markus Schroth gave Nurnberg a surprise win against third-placed Stuttgart. Sven Muller and Schroth had put Nurnberg
2-0 up early on but Stuttgart equalised through Fernando Meira and Imre Szabics before the visitors' late flurry.
In-form Bayer Leverkusen reinforced their European intentions with a 4-0 demolition of Bochum. Jacek Krzynowek, Andrej Voronin, Robson Ponte and Paul
Freier were the goal scorers.
A goal either side of half-time was enough to seal three points for Hamburg at home to Mainz. Sergej Barbarez put the hosts ahead in the 32nd minute
before Mainz levelled eight minutes later through a Benjamin Auer header. Hamburg made sure of victory 10 minutes from time through substitute Benny
Daniel Stendel scored the only goal of the game on the half-hour mark to give Hannover all three points at struggling Arminia Bielefeld.
It was honours even in the battle of the Borussias, although a point did little to help either Dortmund or Monchengladbach in their respective battles
against the drop. Jan Koller grabbed the opening goal after 29 minutes but Peer Kluge scored a deserved equaliser for Gladbach four minutes after
Freiburg registered only their third win of the season to lift them off the foot of the table as Wolfsburg suffered a setback in their title
challenge. Zlatan Bajramovic grabbed the only goal of the game shortly after the interval while Wolfsburg's Kevin Hofland was sent off seven minutes