Bundesliga round-up: Dortmund close gap on Bayern

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund cut the gap behind leaders Bayern Munich to five points as Marco Reus netted twice in a 3-1 win at Werder Bremen.

Marco Reus scored twice as Borussia Dortmund won at Werder Bremen to narrow the gap on leaders Bayern Munich.   -  REUTERS

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund cut the gap behind leaders Bayern Munich to five points as Marco Reus netted twice in a 3-1 win at Werder Bremen.

Reus fired in the opening and third goals, but Borussia should have won by more as Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squandered three clear chances. Right winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan capped a superb display with Dortmund's second, having provided the final pass for both of Reus' goals.

Stuttgart out of bottom three

VfB Stuttgart hauled themselves out of the bottom three on Sunday with a 2-0 win at home to Darmstadt, thanks primarily to an own goal. Stuttgart climbed up from second from bottom to 14th with their third win in their last six league games after Darmstadt defender Gyoergy Garics headed the ball into his own net on 68 minutes.

It was no more than hosts Stuttgart deserved, just moments after teenage striker Timo Werner had headed against the crossbar. Werner finally got on the score-sheet with the last kick of the game when he darted behind the defence and rounded the Darmstadt goalkeeper on 94 minutes. It was the first time in five away matches that mid-table Darmstadt have lost on the road.

Wolfsburg down Leverkusen

Wolfsburg climbed to third with a 2-1 win at home to fellow Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen after Nicklas Bendtner scored the opener and Julian Draxler hit the winner.

Ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez equalised for Leverkusen just before the break, but the game was marred by two poor refereeing decisions from Manuel Grafe.

The FIFA-listed ref missed a clear offside for Bendtner's goal, and then failed to award a penalty when Wolfsburg's Daniel Caligiuri was fouled by Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the second half.

Borussia Monchengladbach earned their sixth straight victory to go fifth with a 4-1 win at Hertha Berlin having been bottom in September with five defeats. Gladbach's caretaker coach Andre Schubert earned his sixth straight league win since taking charge to level the record for a new Bundesliga coach.

The result boosts Gladbach ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match at home to 2015 finalists Juventus while Hertha drop to sixth.

Gladbach are now just two points behind Schalke, who needed a late Leroy Sane equaliser in their 1-1 draw at home to Ingolstadt after the Bavarian visitors took a shock first-half lead.

Bochum-born Cameroon internationals Joel and Marvin Matip faced each other for the first time with Joel at centre-back for Schalke while Marvin captained Ingolstadt.

Huub Stevens picked up a point in his first game as coach of Hoffenheim in their goalless draw at Cologne.

Caretaker coach Stevens has been tasked with keeping second-from-bottom Hoffenheim up, with 28-year-old Julian Nagelsmann set to make history next season as the Bundesliga's youngest head coach.

Japan's Yoshinori Muto claimed a hat-trick to rescue a dramatic point for mid-table Mainz in their 3-3 draw at bottom side Augsburg. Having given Mainz a 2-0 lead before Augsburg roared back with three goals, Muto scrambled the ball over the line for the 93rd-minute equaliser.

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