Bayer Leverkusen moved top of the German Bundesliga Tuesday, Oct. 28 thanks to a 2-0 defeat away to Werder Bremen while Schalke go third with a facile win at SC Karlsruhe.
Despite spectacular attempts, Bremen had no answer to Leverkusen's dominance
Second-half scores from Arturo Vidal and Manuel secured Leverkusen's fourth away win of the season and sees Bruno Labbadia's side move on to 21 points, two clear of TSG Hoffenheim, who play lowly VfL Bochum on Wednesday.
While Leverkusen celebrated the club's 1,000th Bundesliga match in perfect style, Thomas Schaaf's Bremen have now gone six matches without a win.
"We didn't take our chances in the first half and didn't do enough to win the game," said Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings. "We seem to be conceding weak goals and aren't doing it up front."
Schalke keep pace with victory over Karlsruhe
Schalke 04 moved up to third in the table, four points behind Leverkusen, thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win away to SC Karlsruhe.
Brazilian Marcelo Bordon opened the scoring for Fred Rutten's side on the quarter-hour mark after being set up by Kevin Kuranyi.
Kuranyi contributed to a comfortable win for Schalke
Joshua Kennedy almost equalized for the home side a minute later but Heiko Westermann cleared the danger. Almost immediately, Kuranyi made it 2-0 for Schalke, heading home an Orlando Engelaar free kick.
Jefferson Farfan ensured the three points with Schalke's third midway through the second half.
VfL Wolfsburg's 3-0 victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach sees Felix Magath's side go fifth in the table.
Grafite put Wolfsburg ahead from the penalty spot five minutes before the break. Alexander Madlung made it 2-0 to Wolfsburg with a header 10 minutes after the restart and Zvjezdan Misimovic completed the scoring for the northern German side with his side's second penalty in the second half.
"It was important that we showed we can also keep a clean sheet," said Magath, whose side next play Leverkusen on Friday.
In the night's other match, Energie Cottbus remain bottom after playing out a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld.
Pace-setters Hoffenheim look to reclaim summit
Hoffenheim look to build on their 3-0 defeat of Hamburg
On Wednesday, Hoffenheim can return to the top with a win against Bochum while Juergen Klinsmann's Bayern Munich visit in-form Eintracht Frankfurt hoping to move within three points of Leverkusen.
SV Hamburg will be hoping to bounce back from the 3-0 weekend hammering by Hoffenheim when Martin Jol's side take on VfB Stuttgart and Cologne play Borussia Dortmund.