Ten-man Werder Bremen had goalkeeper Tim Wiese sent off, but they still went top of the Bundesliga table after drawing 1-1 at Nuremberg, while Borussia Moenchengladbach stayed among the pacesetters after their 1-0 win at bottom-placed Hamburg SV on Saturday.
Wiese was dismissed in the 17th minute for a foul, but Bremen went ahead seven minutes later after scorer Mehmet Ekici combined well with Claudio Pizarro to curl in from 14m.
Philipp Wollscheid leveled for the hosts on the hour after the start of the second half had been delayed by heavy rain and hail for 20 minutes.
Bremen move up to 13 points, one more than Bayern Munich. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are also on 12 points following their 3-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg.
“It was certainly not boring,” Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf told reporters. “We made it hard on ourselves with the red card and we put ourselves in a difficult position, but we scored and after our goal we remained disciplined, so I think the draw was deserved.”
Second-placed ’Gladbach, also on 13 points, sunk struggling Hamburg when Igor de Camargo headed in a free-kick on 66 minutes.
Last-placed Hamburg have yet to win this season and they stretched their losing streak to four straight league games, piling further pressure on coach Michael Oenning.
Cologne moved up to 13th after Lukas Podolski sparkled in their 4-1 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, scoring twice and setting up another for Milivoje Novakovic. Mato Jajalo completed an unexpectedly easy win in stoppage-time.
Podolski, whose Germany spot has been challenged by Leverkusen’s Andre Schuerrle in recent months, silenced his critics with a stellar performance as rival Schuerrle was dismissed for a harsh foul in stoppage-time.
Hoffenheim continued their fine season under coach Holger Stanislawski with Roberto Firmino scoring twice and Ryan Babbel adding another in their win over Wolfsburg, who dropped to 14th.
Also on Saturday, Kaiserslautern beat FSV Mainz 05 3-1 and Hertha BSC Berlin drew 2-2 with fellow newcomers Augsburg.
Additional reporting by staff writer