Dortmund move 7 points clear in title race
March 4, 2012 -- Updated 0014 GMT (0814 HKT)
Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Mainz on Saturday
- Borussia Dortmund extend lead to seven points with 2-0 win against Mainz
- Bayern Munich lose ground on leaders losing 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen
- Hertha Berlin end seven-game losing streak with 1-0 win against Werder Bremen
(CNN) -- Borussia Dortmund stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to seven points on Saturday night with a 2-1 win over Mainz.
The reigning champions took the lead in the 26th minute through a Jakub Blaszczykowski goal. That's how it stayed until the 74th minute when Mohamed Zidan scored an equalizer to give Mainz hope of a point.
But parity didn't last long as Shinji Kagawa popped up to net the winner two minutes later to hand Dortmund their eighth straight win and tighten their grip on top spot.
Second-placed Bayern Munich crashed to a 2-0 defeat at fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
Stefan Kiessling scored in the 79th minute to give the home side the lead with substitute Karim Bellarabi making sure of all three points in injury time.
Eighth-placed Stuttgart beat Hamburg 4-0 while Hertha Berlin finally ended a seven-game losing sequence with a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen.
Schalke suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Freiburg -- a result which lifts them off the bottom of the table.
Kaiserslautern replace them after they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg.
Fellow strugglers Augsburg drop to 16th after a 2-2 draw at Hanover.
Third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach can leapfrog Bayern if they win at Nuremberg on Sunday.
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