Bundesliga wrap: Bayern’s backups fall to Bayer; Paderborn alive

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The beginning of the season seems ages ago, when newly-promoted Paderborn made it to the top of the Bundesliga off some surprising results.

That was before a long decline sent the club into the bottom of the table, from where it has just emerged after a big road win.

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All that and more inside the Bundesliga wrap.

Freiburg 1-2 Paderborn
Twenty-four year old midfielder Lukas Rupp picked a heck of a time to score his first professional brace.

Rupp’s goals in 70th and 80th minutes helped Paderborn shock Freiburg and send the visitors into safety for the first time in weeks.

The hosts went ahead on Nils Petersen’s 40th minute tally, but lost the chance to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Freiburg is now just goal differential above the promotion playoff spot.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Bayern Munich
Hakan Calhanoglu and Julian Brandt scored second half goals to pull the hosts within four points of second-place Wolfsburg.

There were still some big names in the mix for Bayern, as Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Mario Gotze hit the pitch for the league champions, who out-possessed Bayer but were out shot, our cornered  and out crossed.

Wolfsburg 2-2 Hannover
Bas Dost and Ivansource: Getty Images Perisic scored in the first half, and the hosts looked ready to coast to a win and cement themselves in second place.

Something happened at halftime, though, and the relegation-battling visitors found a point through a pair of French-born players. First Jimmy Briand netted just after halftime before big defender Salif Sane provided an equalizer 11 minutes later.

Hannover falls into the relegation playoff spot, though, after Paderborn’s win, and Wolfsburg’s second-place lead of Bayer is down to four points.

Elsewhere
Schalke 3-2 Stuttgart — Late own goal keeps visitors bottom of league.
Werder Bremen 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt — Davie Selke wins it with 66th min goal.
Augsburg 0-0 Koln — Three combined shots on goal between teams.
Hoffenheim 1-1 Borussia Dortmund — Kevin Volland, Mats Hummels trade goals.
Mainz vs. Hamburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Bayern Munich 31 24 4 3 77 15 62 13-1-1 11-3-2 76
VfL Wolfsburg 31 18 8 5 65 34 31 12-4-0 6-4-5 62
Bayer Leverkusen 31 16 10 5 59 32 27 9-6-1 7-4-4 58
Mönchen 30 16 9 5 45 22 23 11-3-1 5-6-4 57
FC Schalke 04 31 12 9 10 41 36 5 9-5-2 3-4-8 45
FC Augsburg 31 13 4 14 38 40 -2 9-4-3 4-0-11 43
Werder Bremen 31 11 9 11 47 59 -12 8-4-4 3-5-7 42
1899 Hoffenheim 31 11 8 12 46 49 -3 8-3-5 3-5-7 41
Borussia Dortmund 31 11 7 13 41 38 3 7-3-5 4-4-8 40
FSV Mainz 05 30 8 13 9 42 41 1 5-6-4 3-7-5 37
1. FC Köln 31 8 12 11 30 36 -6 3-8-4 5-4-7 36
Eintracht Frankfurt 31 9 9 13 51 60 -9 7-5-3 2-4-10 36
Hertha BSC Berlin 30 9 7 14 34 46 -12 6-3-6 3-4-8 34
SC Paderborn 31 7 10 14 29 59 -30 4-6-5 3-4-9 31
SC Freiburg 31 6 12 13 32 43 -11 4-6-6 2-6-7 30
Hannover 96 31 7 9 15 35 53 -18 5-3-7 2-6-8 30
Hamburger SV 30 7 7 16 19 46 -27 5-4-6 2-3-10 28
VfB Stuttgart 31 6 9 16 36 58 -22 3-4-8 3-5-8 27