Herrmann helps Monchengladbach keep pace with leaders

Patrick Herrmann's goal in the 0 win at home over Mainz, keeping the hosts within four points of the Bundesliga lead.

Monchengladbach now enters the winter break in fourth place, four points back of leaders Bayern Munich and having won five of its last seven games.

Mainz came into the contest on a five-game unbeaten streak but now sits only two points above the drop zone.

Marco Reus returned from injury to feature in the starting lineup and he set up the only goal after five minutes by threading a pass to Herrmann, who finished off the move by rolling the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Christian Wetklo.

Herrmann then contributed on the defensive end as he cleared a header from Nico Bungert off the goal line, while Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen preserved the win by twice denying Mainz striker Maxim Choupo- Moting in the second half.

Kaiserslautern 1, Hannover 1

Kaiserslautern, Germany - Kaiserslautern and Hannover continued a recent run of draws for both sides as the two finished in a 1-1 deadlock at Fritz-Walter- Stadion on Sunday.

Hannover jumped out to a first-half lead through Mohammed Abdellaoue, who took advantage of a giveaway in the Kaiserslautern defense to put his team in front after 13 minutes.

But the home side answered in the second half as Olcay Sahan's cross was finished off by Adam Nemec from inside the penalty area to claim a point for his side.

Kaiserslautern finished the match with 10 men as Itay Shechter received a straight red card for a poor challenge on Manuel Schmiedebach.

Hannover has now drawn five of its last six games with Kaiserslautern earning five draws in its last seven matches.