A late header from Hoffenheim’s striker Wellington sealed a 1-1 draw at bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday to keep his side top of the Bundesliga.
Hoffenheim were facing a shock defeat thanks to a first-half goal from Alexander Baumjohann but Wellington’s 89th minute goal saved their blushes.
There was disappointment for Hamburg as Martin Jol’s side allowed a 2-0 lead to slip to a dramatic 3-2 defeat at Karlsruhe dropping them to third. Hamburg were coasting at 2-0 after 48 minutes thanks to goals by Jose Paolo Guerrero and Collin Benjamin. But two goals from Karlsruhe in four minutes early in the second-half leveled the scores until striker Sebastian Freis headed his second goal in injury time to give his side three points to go 15th in the table.
Both sides had been reduced to ten-men when first Hamburg’s Mladen Petric was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle on 76 minutes before Karlsruhe’s Marco Engelhardt was shown his second yellow on 82 minutes.
Stuttgart are up to sixth after an impressive 4-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen with Mario Gomez scoring either side of half-time.
Leverkusen were reduced to ten men when Arturo Vidal hauled down Gomez on 48 minutes with just the goalkeeper to beat and was shown a straight red.
Cologne and Eintracht Frankfurt are both still in mid-table after their 2-2 draw. Wolfsburg move up to seventh after their 2-0 win at home to VfL Bochum.