posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 02:31 PM
Schalke joined Bayern Munich on top of the Bundesliga, for 24 hours at least, following a 3-0 defeat of Wolfsburg at the AufSchalke Arena on Saturday
Schalke knew going into the game that victory would not only see them draw level with Bayern on 41 points but also place greater pressure on Felix
Magath's men ahead of their trip to Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday. And they were able to do just that with a fine performance against a team that led
the table during the early weeks of the season. Goals from Gerald Asamoah and Ebbe Sand gave Schalke a commanding half-time lead and Wolfsburg's hopes
of a late revival were extinguished when Hans Sarpei was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for deliberate handball. Mike Hanke, on for
Ailton who had earlier missed a penalty, took full advantage to make it 3-0 with four minutes remaining.
Defending champions Werder Bremen continued their resurgence by moving up to third place, four adrift of the joint leaders, thanks to a 2-0 defeat of
Borussia Monchengladbach - Aaron Hunt and Mohamed Zidan grabbing the goals.
Hertha Berlin climbed to fourth following a 2-1 win against Nurnberg at the Olympiastadion. They did it the hard way, though, scoring the winner in
the final minute through Artur Wichniarek and with just 10 men after Andreas Neuendorf had been dismissed with 10 minutes to go. Seconds before the
dismissal, Nurnberg's Marek Mintal had cancelled out Nico Kovac's 26th-minute penalty.
Stuttgart started the day in third but they dropped to fifth after going down 2-1 at sixth-placed Hamburg. Imre Szabics had given Matthias Sammer's
men a 15th-minute lead but Sergej Barbarez equalised within two minutes and Daniel van Buyten netted the winner nine minutes into the second half.
Borussia Dortmund continued their climb up the table - Jan Koller scoring the only goal against lowly Bochum in front of 78,000 fans at the
Kaiserslautern saw off basement side Hansa Rostock 2-1, Jochen Seitz and Ferydoon Zandi scoring to render Rade Prica's late effort nothing more than a
consolation, while second-bottom Freiburg were held to a goalless draw at home to Hannover.