Dortmund, Germany – Borussia Dortmund's disappointing Bundesliga campaign continued on Saturday as the club was defeated by Wolfsburg in a 3-2 loss at Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund cruised through the group stage of the Champions League, but the club's league form has left a lot to be desired. The reigning German champions have managed just 27 points through 16 Bundesliga contests, leaving the club 14 points off of Bayern Munich's pace following its 2-0 defeat of Augsburg on Saturday.
Things started brightly for Dortmund after Marco Reus had given the home side the lead in the sixth minute.
But the match turned in Wolfsburg's favor in the 35th minute when Marcel Schmelzer was sent off for denying a scoring opportunity in the box. Diego converted the ensuing penalty to draw the visitors level.
Wolfsburg went on to make the most of the extra man when Naldo handed his side the lead four minutes before halftime, but Dortmund was able to equalize at the hour-mark thanks to Jakub Blaszczykowski's penalty kick.
But with an extra man, Wolfsburg restored its lead and claimed all three points when Bas Dost nabbed the game-winner in the 72nd minute.
The win sees Wolfsburg improve to 19 points, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Bayern Munich 2, Augsburg 0
Augsburg, Germany - Bayern Munich extended its lead atop the Bundesliga table with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Augsburg at the Impuls Arena on Saturday.
Thomas Muller converted a 38th-minute penalty kick while Mario Gomez sealed the win after the restart with a goal in the 63rd minute.
Bayern improves to 41 points to go 11 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen, which returns to action on Sunday. Augsburg drops its 10th match of the season to stay second from bottom on eight points.
Stuttgart 3, Schalke 1
Stuttgart, Germany - Vedad Ibisevic produced a hat trick to see Stuttgart secure a third straight victory with a 3-1 defeat of Schalke at the Mercedes Benz Arena on Saturday.
Ibisevic's first-minute goal was canceled out by Ciprian Marica in the 12th minute, but he scored twice more with a penalty kick in the 38th and from open play at the hour-mark to reach the top of the Bundesliga scoring chart with 10 goals on the season.
Stuttgart moves level with Schalke on 25 points apiece.
Nurnberg 2, Dusseldorf 0
Nurnberg, Germany - Nurnberg scored on either side of halftime at the Frankenstadion on Saturday to earn a 2-0 win over Dusseldorf.
Sebastian Polter opened the scoring in the 27th minute before Markus Feulner wrapped up the affair in second-half stoppage time.
Nurnberg improves to 19 points, going one point ahead of Dusseldorf.
Eintracht 4, Werder Bremen 1
Frankfurt, Germany - Eintracht snapped a two-game slide in emphatic fashion on Saturday, cruising to a 4-1 defeat of Werder Bremen at the Commerzbank Arena.
Alexander Meier's opening goal was canceled out by Bremen's Nils Petersen, but the home side responded with goals from Pirmin Schwegler, Stefan Aigner and Takashi Inui to climb to 27 points on the season.
Bremen has two of its last three to remain stuck on 21 points.
Freiburg 1, Greuther Furth 0
Freiburg, Germany - Daniel Caligiuri's 15th-minute strike held up as the winner for Freiburg, which improved to 23 points thanks to a 1-0 defeat of Greuther Furth at Mage Solar Stadion on Saturday.
Greuther Furth has lost three Bundesliga matches in a row to remain bottom of the table on eight points.