RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Jermaine Jones and Schalke finally showed their teeth against hapless St. Pauli while Luis Robles and Karlsruhe were able to shut down Osnabrück to grab a point on the road.
FC Schalke 3 - 0 FC St. Pauli
Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones made a speedy recovery from an ankle injury to help the Königsblauen post a commanding win over St. Pauli in Friday night Bundesliga action.
Felix Magath's previously under-performing squad needed just 14 minutes to hijack the Pirates of the Bundesliga when Spanish legend Raul netted just his second goal of the season connected with a cross from from Astuto Uchida to put his team on the board after 14 minutes.
Dutch star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar continued to show why he has been Schalke best player so far this season when he doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half as he headed in a corner from Jefferson Farfan.
The icing on the cake came for the hosts with nine minutes left in regulation as Raul added his second of the game, taking advantage of poor defending to poke in a pass from Lukas Schmitz right in front of goal to seal the win.
Jones was subbed out moments before Raul's second goal, and picked up his fourth yellow card of the season during the first half of play.
While Schalke still remain in the relegation playoff spot despite the three points, they are now just one point below the surface and can escape the bottom three on Saturday when they visit Wolfsburg.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 - 3 FC Bayern
Michael Bradley went the distance as usual for the Foals on Saturday as the team showed some life by thwarting FC Bayern in a high-scoring draw.
The action started early and didn't let up throughout the contest, with Patrick Hermann putting the hosts ahead after five minutes as his attempted cross from the left somehow ended up evading keeper Hans-Jörg Butt and fell into Bayern's goal.
The visitors equalized six minutes later with Mario Gomez heading in a cross form Toni Kroos, and took the lead five minutes before the break as Bastian Schweinsteiger made good work to flick in a cross from Danijel Pranjic.
The visitors wasted the chance to jump ahead three minutes later when Schweinsteiger blew a spot kick after a foul in the box on Hamit Altintop, and were made to regret their wastefulness 11 minutes after the break as Marco Reus beat Butt thanks to a fine through-ball from halftime substitute Igor De Camargo.
The Foals jumped ahead four six minutes later, with Reus and De Camargo switching roles, this time with the Belgium striker getting the best of Butt with his low shot to the corner of goal.
They were forced to share the points, however, as a deflected pass from Anatoliy Tymoschuk fell directly to Philipp Lahm, who blasted his shot to the upper 90 of Christofer Heimeroth's goal.
The Foals still remain in last place after the draw, however face a crucial relegation six-pointer on Saturday when they visit fellow strugglers Cologne.
SC Freiburg 1 - 0 FSV Mainz 05
Daniel Williams went the distance for Freiburg on Saturday as they continued Mainz's fall from glory with a narrow one-goal victory on home turf.
After a scoreless first half, the hosts grabbed the lone goal of the game four minutes after the hour when Niko Bungert clumsily fouled Oliver Barth in the area, with Papiss Demba Cissé beating keeper Christian Wetklo to the upper right corner.
Mainz was unable to turn the deficit around, and were forced to endure their second straight league loss after their flying start.
They remain in second place with a three point gap separating them from challengers Bayer Leverkusen, and will hope to turn things around on Saturday when they host struggling Hannover.
Hannover 96 0 - 4 Borussia Dortmund
Steve Cherundolo went the distance as Hannover's captain while DaMarcus Beasley saw 33 minutes of substitute action, however neither was able to stop the onslaught from league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
The aspiring champions jumped ahead 11 minutes into the game as Nuri Sahin set up Shinji Kagawa for a low, long-range blast well out of Florian Fromlowitz's reach.
While the hosts prevented any further damage for the remainder of the first half, they saw their chance for a comeback squashed with 18 minutes remaining when Lucas Barrios connected with a cross from Lukasz Piszczek to increase the lead to two.
Things became worse for Hannover five minutes later as Jakub Blaszczykowski was fouled by Karim Haggui in the area, setting up the opportunity for a third Dortmund goal. While Sahin's subsequent spot kick was saved by Fromlowitz, Haggui was given his marching orders for violent conduct, ultimately opening the floodgates for Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski directed a free by Blaszczykowski with nine minutes left on the clock, then Dortmund completed the rout in the final seconds as the Polish striker connected with a through-ball from Antonio da Silva, putting his shot over the head of Fromlowitz for the team's fourth and final goal.
Hannover fall to tenth in the standings after the loss, and will have the chance to regain their early season momentum on Saturday when they visit struggling Mainz.
MSV Duisburg 2 - 0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
David Yelldell put in another solid performance in Duisburg's goal on Saturday, helping the team to another shut-out, this time over SpVgg Greuther Fürth as they kept within reach of the 2. Bundesliga lead.
Duisburg took the lead two minutes before the half-hour when Goran Sukalo got his head on a corner from Filip Trojan, finding target from six yards out.
Sukalo then secured the win with seven minutes left, again using his head to direct in a corner from Benjamin Kern to send the Zebras to yet another convincing win.
The Zebras remain in the 2. Bundesliga's third-place promotion spot with the three-point haul, two behind both Aue and Hertha. They will hope to make up some ground on Sunday when they visit Aachen.
VfL Osnabrück 0 - 0 Karlsruher SC
Luis Robles secured his first shut-out of the season on Monday night, as struggling Karlsrue managed to pick up a valuable point on the road against fellow strugglers Osnabrück.
While Karlsruhe has struggled on the defensive end in recent weeks, giving up a total of nine goals through three straight losses, a tight performance in front of their own goal kept their hosts' chances at a minumum.
While both teams pushed for their chances, neither was particularly dangerous on the attack with each only managing to put two strikes on target.
It was a match for both defenses take heart from, however, as the referee's whistle ultimately awarded a point to each, keeping both in the thick of their woes at the bottom of the standings.
Karlsruhe remain 16th place with the point, and will try to break their long unbeaten streak on Friday evening when hosting second-place Aue.
Jahn Regensburg 1 - 2 Rot Weiss Ahlen
Matt Taylor continued his recent assault on 3. Liga keepers, netting the winning tally on Saturday as Ahlen notched their third straight win at Regensburg.
After a scoreless first half, Ahlen jumped ahead three minutes after the intermission on a strike from Marcus Piossek.
While the hosts equalized on the hour mark thanks to substitute Petr Stoilov, Taylor netted his four goal in Ahlen's last three games - all crucial victories - when he beat Rebensburg keeper Michael Hoffmann with nine minutes left, securing the three points for the visitors.
The third straight win propels Ahlen to the upper half of the standings in ninth, now seven points clear of the relegation zone which had been threatening just weeks before.
They will look to make further headway on Saturday when they host tenth-place Stuttgart II.
Ricardo Clark sat as an unused substitute on Saturday afternoon as Eintracht Frankfurt posted a convincing 3-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg.
Amaechi Igwe is still working his way back to fitness and did not participate in Ingolstadt's 2-1 loss at home to Cottbus on Friday.
Kenny Cooper is nearing a return from his ankle injury, however did not suit up for 1860 on Sunday for their 2-1 victory over Aachen.