FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):
Bayern Munich trailed twice but came from behind to beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2 and close in on the Bundesliga title as defending champion Borussia Dortmund fell to a 2-1 loss at Schalke yesterday.
Dortmund stayed second because Bayer Leverkusen also lost, 1-0 in Mainz. But Dortmund are now 20 points behind Bayern, who are now seven points away from the title.
In other matches, Wolfsburg won 5-2 in Freiburg and Hoffenheim beat last-place Greuther Fuerth 3-0 to improve their chances of escaping relegation. The defeat at home all but doomed Greuther Fuerth, who are was five points behind Hoffenheim and 14 points away from safety.
Werder Bremen came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach in the late match.
Substitute Peniel Mlapa scored in the 72nd, two minutes after coming on, with a header after a corner.
Aleksandar Ignjovski levelled five minutes later for Bremen, connecting at the far post with a pass across the goal from Kevin de Bruyne to end his team's run of three straight losses. Defender Mateo Pavlovic blocked Mlapa's attempt at an empty goal in injury time.
Defender Jerome Boateng scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 86th minute to secure the victory for Bayern, who seemed to have one eye already on the Champions League match against Arsenal next week.
"We want to win every game," Boateng said. "We fell behind twice and we really had to run a lot and fight hard."
Bayern fell behind in the 16th when Mathis Bolly scored from close range as the defense appeared asleep. Thomas Mueller levelled the score shortly before half-time, after missing a couple of big chances.
Duesseldorf went ahead again through captain Andreas Lamberts in the 71st, before Bayern standout Franck Ribery brought his team back into the match two minutes later by drilling a shot into the roof of the net.
In the Ruhr derby in Gelsenkirchen, 19-year-old forward Julian Draxler celebrated his 100th match for Schalke by scoring in the 11th after connecting with a cross from Atsuto Uchida and driving the ball in with his right foot from close range.
Schalke dominated play and Draxler had another effort foiled by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, who had also turned away a volley by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar earlier.