Nils Petersen struck two late goals as Werder Bremen beat local rivals Hannover 2-0 to stop their recent Bundesliga slump.
Hannover midfielder Manuel Schmiedebach is refusing to sign an extension on his contract at the club.
Hannover 96 cruised past hosts Freiburg 3-1 to jump back into third spot in the Bundesliga and give their Champions League hopes a boost.
Teenager Mario Goetze scored one goal and set up the other as Borussia Dortmund won 2-0 at Mainz 05 to go top of the Bundesliga
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