Borussia Dortmund kept up the chase on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich when a moment of inspiration from Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 1-0 with over stubborn Hanover 96 on Saturday.
At the other end of the table, Julian Nagelsmann, at 28 the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever coach, made his debut on the Hoffenheim bench and watched his side draw 1-1 at Werder Bremen in a crunch relegation battle.
Bayer Leverkusen moved into third when they came from behind to beat Darmstadt 2-1 and Hertha Berlin lost 2-0 at Stuttgart.
Second-placed Dortmund are five points behind champions Bayern, who visit Augsburg on Sunday. Leverkusen are a further 13 points behind in third, ahead of Hertha on goal difference.