Borussia Moenchengladbach squandered the chance to go top of the Bundesliga on Saturday after suffering a 1-0 defeat at lowly Augsburg, who climbed off the foot of the table.
Augsburg secured their third win of the season with the only goal right after the restart, a powerful free-kick from former ’Gladbach player Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker deflecting in off Borussia’s Raul Bobadilla.
Borussia Moenchen-gladbach have now failed to win for the second straight match without injured striker Marco Reus.
“We did not underestimate Augsburg. We just made far too many mistakes against a team that played very clever,” Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Martin Stranzl said.
’Gladbach are in fourth place on 30 points.
Werder Bremen eased past troubled VfL Wolfsburg with a 4-1 win to move up to fifth on 29 points.
The hosts took a 20th-minute lead through defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and striker Claudio Pizarro netted on the stroke of halftime, catching the Wolfsburg defense napping for his 12th goal of the season.
Striker Markus Rosenberg added a third 10 minutes after the restart and Marko Arnautovic completed the demolition after a nice pass from Pizarro.
Marcel Schaefer cut the deficit with four minutes left.
Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg have now won only one of their last seven matches to drop to 14th, three points off the relegation zone.
Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said: “We came in well. The team played very well apart from early in the second half. There were lots of chances from both sides and the result could have been a completely different one.”
Champions League competitors Bayer 04 Leverkusen failed to make up lost ground in their lackluster goalless draw at Hannover 96 and they are five points off the pace in sixth place.
For Hannover, who are eighth, it was the fourth draw in the last five games and their sixth match without a win.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim won 2-0 at Nuremberg.
The hosts fell behind to a Vedad Ibisevic goal in the 39th minute and they then had Timothy Chandler sent off for a rough challenge on Sejad Salihovic.
Ibisevic added another early in the second half to lift Hoffenheim to ninth place.
Cologne crushed SC Freiburg 4-0 with two goals from Lukas Podolski, who took his tally to 13 this season, and two from Christian Clemens, including a direct goal from a corner kick.
Hamburg SV continued their unbeaten run that stretches back to the middle of October with a goalless draw at FSV Mainz 05.