Hoffenheim back on top of Bundesliga as Bayern and Hertha crash
Hoffenheim went back to the top of the Bundesliga Saturday after Hertha Berlin slipped to defeat at Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich were stunned in a 2-1 home defeat to Cologne, dpa reported.
Demba Ba scored a hat-trick for Hoffenheim who missed a stoppage-time penalty in an entertaining 3-3 draw at VfB Stuttgart - enough to put coach Ralf Rangnick's side back on top on goal difference.
The results could benefit third-placed SV Hamburg who will go top if they can win at fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Midtable Cologne boosted the weekend's carnival celebrations in the city by handing Juergen Klinsmann's Bayern side a third defeat in four games since the winter break.
It leaves Bayern fourth on 38 points, two adrift of Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin ahead of a visit to Werder Bremen next weekend.
Bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach ended a run of eight games without a win by downing Hanover 3-2.
Struggling Arminia Bielefeld and Bochum finished 1-1, while lowly Energie Cottbus defeated Werder Bremen 2-1, and second-to-bottom Karlsruhe slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.