The first half of the 2012-13 Bundesliga season came to a close this weekend, and at the half-way point, very little separates the majority of the table.
Bayern dropped points at home against Gladbach on Friday, and Leverkusen, Dortmund and Frankfurt recorded wins to leave each with the slightest of chances at challenging the Bavarians for the title.
The biggest story of the matchday was Schalke's 3-1 loss to Freiburg at the Veltins Arena. The result marked the Gelsenkirchen side's sixth straight match without a win, and coach Huub Stevens was sacked within 24 hours.
Schalke are now among five teams separated by just a point between spots 5-9 and thus will have a tricky second round to negotiate if they are to qualify for European competition for a second consecutive season.
Matchday 17 had its share of standout performers and as always, they are honored in team of the week.
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